Approximately 33% of an individual’s average carbon footprint in the UK comes from transport. If we are going to achieve zero carbon living we need to urgently shift to EVs for our transportation needs. We have focused much of the past two years on exploring the kinds of technologies that would be necessary to address industry challenges – such as range anxiety, charge point infrastructure installation, off-peak and urban charging, grid stability, and customer engagement – and to make mainstream EV adoption feasible.
We turn the supply of energy to POLAR 100% renewable through the provision of REGOs (run by BPChargemaster, with 7,000 chargepoints POLAR is the largest public EV charging network in the UK). We launched EV Everywhere, our first EV offering for customers, in August 2017, with 100% renewable household electricity and free membership to the POLAR network, offering a one-stop zero carbon solution at home and on the road.
Our investments in ChargedEV and Indra Renewable Technologies (an EV components and services supplier) enabled us to develop and launch the world’s first widely available domestic Vehicle-to-Grid charger in 2018. This provides grid balancing services (using our Kaluza technology platform) and automatically optimises charging patterns to take advantage of off-peak energy pricing.