Engie dives into EV market with electric vehicle power tariff
French utility Engie is making a major play for a slice of the UK electric vehicle market, launching an “end-to-end” charging solution for electric vehicle owners in a move designed to establish the firm as a leader in “green living”.
On Friday the power supplier unveiled a new EV Home tariff that offers 100 per cent renewable electricity and free driving miles for electric vehicle owners, alongside a new EV home charging solution.
“It’s imperative that we all play our role in protecting the environment – we take this responsibility very seriously at ENGIE, it’s at the heart of everything we do, and we also recognise that simplicity is key to helping people switch to green ways of living,” Engie CEO Wilfrid Petrie said. “We are offering our customers a convenient, end-to-end charging solution for complete peace of mind. We will deliver ENGIE charge points, and provide our own specialist installation, servicing and warranty, backed with a 100 per cent renewable electricity tariff and free driving miles.”
“We are keen to not only be a part of the EV revolution but also to make it easy for people to lead a greener life,” he added. “With more and more EVs entering the market, we believe our end-to-end charge point and tariff solution will help more people to switch to EV.”
EV drivers taking up Engie’s new tariff offer will be able to claim a one-off bonus of 500 free driving miles, delivered via a £30 credit of free electricity to their account. The home charging point will cost £179 to install alongside the EV Home tariff, or £249 for customers of other utilities.
The move follows Swedish energy giant Vattenfall’s entry into the UK EV market last week with its ‘any driver can use’ charge point. Vattenfall said it would allow any EV to charge up at any of its InCharge points on a pay-as-you-go basis, without requiring a membership or subscription. The company hopes to have its first ‘charging poles’ installed during the second half of 2018, targeting the domestic market to allow EV drivers to power up at home, work and in public places.
SOURCE: Business Green