Octopus Energy has signed a major partnership with Volkswagen to help ‘fast-track’ the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.
As part of the deal, Octopus will offer 100% renewable energy to VW customers who have purchased an EV, including crediting their accounts up to £90.
The transport sector remains the biggest source of carbon emissions in the UK, accounting for 34% in 2019. It’s hoped partnerships like this will help "fast-track" the uptake of EVs by making them increasingly attractive.
Greg Jackson, CEO and founder of Octopus Energy, commented: “Tackling climate change means focusing on the biggest polluters, so switching transportation from dirty fossil fuels to clean green power has to be top of the agenda.
“It’s super exciting to see the world’s largest car manufacturer fully commit to electric vehicles – the only way to decarbonise our roads and protect our planet. Our partnership with Volkswagen is an important step towards transitioning to a renewable energy future globally, and we can’t wait to get started.”
The partnership started on 18 September, and will expend to the Group’s Audi, SEAT, ŠKODA and Cupra brands in the autumn.
Octopus Energy has been increasingly active in the EV space, including partnering a number of companies, most recently the London Electric Vehicle Company.
In May, it announced it was expanding the services offered under its Electric Juice brand with the launch of a new roaming service, and added a new network – run by Engenie – in July.