Octopus Energy & Volkswagen Team Up for EV Deal
Octopus Energy is aiming to encourage Volkswagen drivers to switch to its green electricity tariffs with the offer of free credit to charge their vehicles.
Free miles for VW drivers
The sustainable energy supplier has signed a deal with the German automobile giant to help ‘fast-track’ the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK.
The Octopus Go tariff is specifically aimed at EV owners, offering four hours of overnight charging at 5p per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Volkswagen EV drivers switching to the tariff will receive £90 credit on their energy account. For VW’s latest EV model, the ID.3, this equals 8,000 miles.
The same offer will also apply to existing Octopus Energy customers who purchase a new Volkswagen EV.
The partnership began last week and is set to expand to other brands in the Volkswagen Group, such as Audi, Seat and Škoda later this year.
Fast lane to EV take-up
The transport sector is the UK’s biggest source of carbon emissions, with its reliance on fossil fuels accounting for 34% of all emissions in 2019. It’s hoped that partnerships such as this one could fast-track the shift to electric vehicles, with recent reports suggesting the government’s plan to phase out petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles could be brought forward to 2030, from its original date of 2040.
Announcing the link up with the Volkswagen group, Greg Jackson, CEO and founder of Octopus Energy, said: “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.”