Exciting news! We’re looking for Pure Planet Community Members to join our new electric vehicle (EV) pilot.
We’ve had lots of feedback and some great discussions about what Pure Planet, as a digital-first renewable energy supplier, could offer EV drivers.
We’re now ready to start a small pilot with a handful of EV drivers to help us test and develop our ideas before we offer them to all.
If you’re already driving an EV and you’re on supply with Pure Planet, and you’re up for testing different propositions around tariffs, charging home and away, hardware installations, integration with smart meters, time of use charging, and much more, this could be for you!You’ll also need a second generation smart meter (aka SMETS2) - or be willing for us to install one for you.
You’ll also need patience and a degree of flexibility. As this is the chance for us to test lots of new different combinations of products and tariffs, it’s likely that we’ll encounter a few teething problems along the way.
That’s the point, in fact, so we all learn.
There’s going to be several phases of the pilot. We definitely expect things to change and adapt depending on Members’ feedback and what we discover from the pilot as we progress, but here’s an outline.
Phase 1. We’ll need about 10 EV drivers to give us permission to take half-hourly electric meter readings from your smart meter. If you don’t have a smart meter we’ll install one. Then we’ll ask you to keep charging your EV as normal, but to keep a diary of charge times. We’ll give you a £20 credit on your Pure Planet account each month of the pilot.
Phase 2. This phase will be to test different EV tariffs.
Phase 3. Home charger install. This phase will be working with Pure Planet Members who are about to buy or lease their first EV, and need a home charger installed.
Phase 4. Looking at charging options when on the road.
Phase 5. Time of use. The final stage of our pilot will be to make better use of smart meter technology which will mean EVs can automatically be charged only when prices are low, and charging will be paused if there’s a spike.
We’d also like to look into integration with home batteries for energy storage, too.
We think that, overall, the pilot could last about six months, or possibly until the end of 2020, and it’s likely that more EV drivers will be invited to join us as we progress.
What we’ll need from you is a few hours of your time each month - for conversations in the community about the pilot’s progress and your general feedback on what’s working; to keep records of your EV charging; to join us for occasional conference calls online; maybe even to come to Pure Planet HQ or for meet-ups at EV events.
So if this sounds like something you’d like to help with, tell us a bit about yourself in the replies below, and most importantly don’t forget to head over to this EV pilot Google form to give us a bit more info about your current EV set-up, and I will be in touch by direct messages here in the community in the next few weeks.
Update Fri 19th June 2020
The first phase of our EV pilot is now completed.
Check out this post which has a summary, and outlines the next steps!