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Octopus Shakes up the Market with its Tesla Tariff

George Riley 21 Nov 2019

We’re entering a period of dramatic change for the energy sector. From smaller independents breaking the hold of the Big 6 and consumers generating their own solar power to dynamic pricing plans and smart homes.

The latest innovation is one that combines all of these: Octopus’s Tesla Energy Plan.

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Topics: Battery storage, EV charging, Solar PV, Tesla Powerwall

Best EV Charger for Tesla Cars

George Riley 31 Oct 2019

The electric car revolution is well underway and many people in the UK are now taking delivery of their Tesla Model 3. But have you considered how you’ll be charging your new vehicle? What’s the best EV charger for Tesla cars?

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Topics: EV charging, zappi

Solar Car Chargers: zappi vs Rolec EV SolarCharge

George Riley 16 May 2019

If you’re looking to maximise the value of the surplus energy generated by your PV system, diverting this to EV charging makes sense from both an economic and environmental perspective.

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Topics: EV charging, zappi, Solar PV

Electric Car Charging Point Grants: Only for Smart Chargers from July 2019

Erica Charles 17 Jan 2019

The government says it wants the UK to be the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle.

To support this, it needs the National Grid to be Smart, with a finely tuned set of tools available to balance demand and supply.

With this in mind, the government has announced that from July 2019, the grant of £500 per charge point available for home and workplace charge points will only be given to people installing Smart Chargers to charge their electric car.

What's a Smart Charger?

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Topics: Financing, EV charging

Which home car charging station? (and driving the 999 steps to heaven..)

Erica Charles 06 Mar 2018

Electric cars are coming of age.

There are 130,000 electric vehicles driving on UK roads, car manufacturers are investing heavily in the technology, and the charging infrastructure is gradually being rolled out.

What's more electric vehicles are already breaking all of the records. Whilst the gas guzzling Bugatti Chiron manages 0-60 in a leisurely 2.3 seconds, Japanese car maker Aspark has produced the electric Aspark Owl which does 0-60 in 1.921 seconds. Meanwhile the electric Range Rover Sport has recently climbed the ‘999 steps to heaven’ in Tianmen Mountain (watch the video from the start of minute 4 if you don't want to listen to the preamble). And of course, Elon Musk's Tesla  is nearly 5 million miles away from Earth, travelling, at the time of writing, at a speed of 7257 miles / hour, doubtless with Bowie's Starman still blaring out to announce man's latest visitation in space. Along with a load of our very best bacteria, apparently.

All very exciting. Back to the mainstream...

Driving an electric car costs around 3.5p per mile as opposed to 15p or more per mile for a petrol car.  If you drive 100 miles a week, you can save around £11.50 per week in fuel costs, to set against increased lease / finance costs of around £15 per week.

So for £3.50 a week you will be cutting out tailgate emissions, reducing pollution, and saving yourself from breathing in petrol fumes every time you fill up.

Now that you’ve been convinced to make your next car electric, you’ll need an EV charger.

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Topics: EV charging, zappi

zappi: The Intelligent EV Charger Optimising the Use of Excess Solar

Erica Charles 11 Oct 2017

Many of our customers have installed an iBoost or Immersun or similar to divert excess solar PV into their hot water tank.

If you have an electric vehicle (EV), it makes sense to divert excess electricity into the EV battery.  In fact if your hot water is heated by gas, oil or biomass, it makes more sense to charge the car than it does to charge the hot water tank.

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Topics: EV charging, zappi, Solar PV

Now taking orders for EV charge points

Erica Charles 13 Jul 2017

Get a generous £500 government grant towards your EV charger installation.

Spirit Solar engineers are now approved to install electric vehicle charge points, and claim the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) grant on behalf of our customers.

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Topics: Financing, EV charging