Electric vehicle drivers can charge for free thanks to new tariff
With this week’s launch, the tariff will provide free electricity when Britain generates an abundance of solar and wind power.
Once this happens, customers will be informed of a four hour ‘flash’ window when charging their EV, and will come at no extra cost.
“Britain generates so much renewable electricity it only makes sense for us all to take advantage of this free resource.The new ‘flash’ tariff will offer people the chance to benefit from free, green power when the wind and sun are strongest.Electric vehicle drivers are already doing their bit for the climate – here’s a chance for them to go one step further and support a truly clean energy grid.” (Juliet Davenport, 2021)
The ‘Zap Flash’ tariff aims to offer the public a cheaper and greener way to use electricity. Energy consumption will help the National Grid balance supply as well as the demand during large amounts of renewables on the system.
The product was designed with an EV mapping service known as Zap-Map, while the tariff will be enabled by smart metering.
The ‘flash period’ will vary in day each week, but in the summer and winter months, the times will remain the same. Customers will be given a 24 hour notice period in advance during the winter and summer months of charging.
Summer will run from April to September between the times of 11am and 3pm.
Whereas winter will run from October to March between 11pm and 3am.