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Good Energy offers cheaper overnight EV charging with new tariff

The Green Driver tariff offers a choice of a 5-hour or 7-hour window for cheaper EV charging. Image: Good Energy.

The Green Driver tariff offers a choice of a 5-hour or 7-hour window for cheaper EV charging. Image: Good Energy.

Good Energy has launched a new electric vehicle (EV) tariff, offering two overnight off-peak periods to charge at a cheaper rate.

This new tariff – dubbed the Green Driver tariff – offers customers either a 5-hour or 7-hour window for optimal charging starting at midnight, with this period also able to be used for other domestic appliances at a lower cost.

It was designed following a trial of 100 participants over a three month period earlier this year, with 98% of participating customers using these off-peak periods to charge their EVs, while also using other appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines.

The tariff is to be Good Energy’s cheapest EV tariff to date, with 90% of customers surveyed saying the off-peak rates were competitive and 38% saying the peak rates were as competitive.

It follows the supplier launching the Zap-Flash tariff - developed in partnership with Zap-Map - in April. The Zap-Flash tariff includes ‘flash’ windows based on periods where Britain is generating an abundance of solar and wind, with drivers then alerted to a four-hour window when charging their vehicle comes at no extra cost.

Nigel Pocklington, Good Energy’s CEO, said: "Many new electric vehicle drivers want to charge at home but are afraid it will cost them the earth. Our new EV tariff does the opposite by offering people cheaper rates backed by genuinely green power."

The new tariff has been launched the same week it was revealed that Ecotricity is eyeing up acquiring Good Energy, a move which the latter has publicly opposed, describing it as "highly opportunistic".

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