Octopus Energy has partnered with rapid charging network IONITY to offer the infrastructure on its Electric Juice Network (EJN).
The move has been made by the firm to assist with the simplification of electric vehicle (EV) charging throughout the UK and Europe and allow for a greater number of charging points to be used across a single network. IONITY’s addition has added 350kW ultra-rapid chargers in key motorway service stations across the UK and 335 charging locations across 24 countries.
IONITY uses the Combined Charging System (CCS) with the charger automatically optimising its charging power to the maximum a specific model can handle. Ultra-rapid chargers can charge an EV with a 50 kWh battery, such as a standard range Tesla Model 3, from 20% to 80% in less than ten minutes.
All of IONITY’s high-power charging stations in the UK are also powered by Octopus’s 100% renewable energy, the company said. IONITY follows previou integrated charge point operators Char.gy, Hubsta, Franklin Energy LiFe, Alfa Power, Plug-N-Go, and Osprey (formerly Engenie), who have also joined Octopus’ network.
Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to pay with their Octopus Energy account across the participating charging networks, with all costs appearing on a single bill.
Pia Bretschneider, country manager, UK & Ireland at IONITY, said:
“Next to the development of a reliable high-power charging network, easy access and a comfortable charging experience play a big role in the adaptation of e-mobility.
We are therefore very pleased about the partnership with Electric Juice Network and their decision to offer their customers access to our high-power charging network. With this we can contribute to promoting greener transportation in the UK and increase the number of electric cars in the country”
Zoisa North-Bond, director at Octopus Energy, said: “Transport is responsible for a third of all carbon emissions in the UK, so decarbonising our roads is a huge step we need to take in the race to net zero.
“More partners coming on board to EJN makes it easier for petrol car drivers to consider electric vehicles and simplifies the whole process for current EV drivers.”
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