Good Energy has signed up Europe’s largest smart charging solutions provider for electric vehicles as it prepares to launch a new proposition for its business and domestic customers.
NewMotion will install smart EV charging points at Good Energy’s offices in Wiltshire and following a successful six month trial, the two companies will work in partnership to develop a new commercial offer.
Dr Randall Bowen, director of business services at Good Energy, said: “We’re delighted to be working with NewMotion to diversify our offering and invest further in our electric vehicle capabilities.
“Electric vehicles form an important part of our new strategy: an increased focus on clean technologies.”
NewMotion operates a public network of over 50,000 charge points across 25 countries and over 100,000 registered charge cards. It was recently bought by Shell, with the oil and gas giant seeking to push its low carbon transport efforts by selling chargers to homes and businesses.
A separate deal with NewMotion’s fellow Dutch charging supplier Allego will see chargers rolled out on Shell’s forecourts.
Lee Feihn, UK business developer from NewMotion, said: “We’re very excited to be working with Good Energy – a company whose values align closely with our own. We look forward to developing a partnership that uses smart charging solutions to help support the increasing number of people driving electric vehicles in the UK.”
Figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that by last month, over 123,000 plug-in or hybrid EVs had been registered to the government’s plug-in car grant, which offers up to £4,500 towards the purchase of a vehicle depending on the model.
More than 42,700 units are thought to have been sold up in the year to November alone, up from 2016’s total figure of close to 37,000.
Good Energy is hoping to capitalise on this growing market for EVs, taking on the likes of Chargemaster and rival green supplier Ecotricity, which already has an established network of EV chargers along motorways and in some urban areas.
As part of the company’s new strategy, the partnership with NewMotion follows news of Good Energy’s first commercial battery storage project with long-time partner, the Eden Project.