Stripes of green began appearing on electric cars’ number plates last year, with the UK government hailing them as a step towards cleaner air in cities because they would “unlock” incentives from local authorities. However, freedom of information requests by New Scientist reveal that, nine months on from the introduction of green number plates, not one of England’s 343 local authorities has said it has offered any associated incentives. Doug Parr at Greenpeace UK says while there are good reasons to shift to electric cars, there are many others for why we should reduce our dependence on private vehicles, so the lack of incentives for the plates isn’t a disaster. “However, whilst government has made a progressive commitment to end the sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2030, it’s not helpful for this kind of transition to be pushed by phantom incentives from government with no follow-through.”
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OVO has today (23 August) launched its Drive + Anytime electric vehicle (EV) tariff across the country. Following a successful pilot scheme in January, the supplier is now offering its customers a rate of 5p/kWh regardless of the time of day they plug in. The Drive + Anytime tariff also splits EV charging from home energy use, meaning customers will be credited back for the amount of electricity saved via smart charging every month.
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Unlike ‘time of use’ charging tariffs, which offer cut-price charging overnight when electricity demand is low and increased prices during times of peak demand, Ovo’s new tariff offers drivers the same rate no matter when they charge. The 5p per kWh flat rate offered by the new ‘Drive Anytime’ tariff is similar to the ‘off peak’ rate offered by rival firms, according to rates listed on comparison website Zapmap. It also represents a slightly better deal for drivers than the trial version of the tariff, which was launched in January and offered a flat rate of 6p per kWh. The offer has been made possible thanks to flexibility software developed by Ovo’s technology arm Kaluza, which uses AI algorithms to automatically charge vehicles when prices are low and electricity is at its greenest, Ovo said. After customers select through a mobile app when they need their car charged by, the software ensures vehicles charge during times when emissions and prices are lowest, it explained.
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