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Octopus to simplify 'daunting' switch to EVs for businesses in Elmtronics partnership

Octopus and Elmtronics previously signed a roaming agreement for EV charging. Image: Octopus/Elmtronics.

Octopus and Elmtronics previously signed a roaming agreement for EV charging. Image: Octopus/Elmtronics.

Octopus Energy has teamed up with Elmtronics to offer a range of electric vehicle (EV) charging services to business customers.

This includes the supply, installation, back office software and maintenance of chargepoints, with all of this to be fulfilled by Elmtronics.

The two companies will also collaborate to educate and support businesses on the introduction of EVs.

Already, Octopus Energy offers a range of EV services including EV leasing, smart tariffs for charging overnight, a salary sacrifice scheme called Electric Dreams and EV charging roaming through its Electric Juice Network.

The Electric Juice Network was launched in 2020, with the EV charging networks available through Electric Juice including Mer, NewMotion, which is rebranding to Shell Recharge Solutions, IONITY, char.gy, Alfa Power, Plug-N-Go and Osprey.

Additionally, Elmtronics and Octopus signed a roaming agreement in October 2020 to allow Octopus Energy customers to charge on Hubsta networks - Elmtronic's smart charging network - using Octopus’ Electric Juice Network.

Elmtronics said that over the past year, it has seen a growing demand for commercial EV chargepoints, having secured over 300 new commercial contracts with a 50% uplift in its customer base. The company has now installed 2,600 sockets for commercial organisations across the UK.

The first Octopus Energy customer to have chargepoints supplied and installed by Elmtronics is the Wye Valley Brewery, with two dual chargepoints installed in its customer car park for visitors’ use and two in the staff parking area for employees.

Dan Martin, Elmtronics CEO, said that while many businesses are looking to install EV charging, it can be a "daunting" prospect, with the new partnership aiming to simplify the process.

“This is just the start of what we hope is our vision to provide a full solution to our business customers, bringing electric vehicle charging and renewable energy together as a full package," Martin said.

It follows the announcement last month that Elmtronics is to be acquired by Statkraft-owned EV charging firm Mer with the intention of bringing economies of scale into the development of EV charging.

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