Ohme 'intelligent charging platform' launched

App-controlled charger promises big savings when combined with off-peak tariffs

Ohme

A new electric-car charger from Ohme Technologies is promising big savings when used in conjunction with 'time-of-use' energy tariffs. The charger can be automatically set to draw charge when electricity is at its cheapest, with resulting savings of up to 75% compared to fuelling a petrol or diesel car, says Ohme.

Furthermore, it promises electric-car drivers savings of between £250 and £400 per year compared to using a Standard Variable Tariff (SVT), with running costs equivalent to 2p per mile.

The Ohme device's charging cable incorporates a 'smart box' that automatically chooses the cheapest available electricity, as well as calculating how much power is needed for the driver’s next journey, topping it up with precisely the right amount of charge.

The box can be controlled and programmed using a smartphone app or through voice recognition. Further functions include monitoring drivers' 'Green Score' and tracking how much CO2 they have saved by driving electric rather than petrol or diesel.

There's also a 'Favour Green Energy' option, which means it'll only charge at times when the carbon intensity of the electricity being generated is lower. Finally, it can help look after electric-car batteries by minimising the time they're at full charge, taking into account when the car will next be needed and for how long.

As well as saving drivers money, the Ohme box benefits the power grid by helping to shift load away from periods of peak demand, ensuring more electric-car charging happens at low-demand periods in the middle of the night.

Commenting on the launch, Ohme CEO David Watson said: "Electric-vehicle drivers have been crying out for an easy-to-use, cost-effective smart-charging solution and Ohme is just that. Not only will we help accelerate the mass adoption of EVs by revolutionising the domestic charging landscape, we will take a lot of the capacity strain and financial stress off the electricity network operators."

Recommended

Complete guide to the BP Pulse (formerly Polar Plus) charging network
BP Pulse
Your questions answered

Complete guide to the BP Pulse (formerly Polar Plus) charging network

19 May 2022
Tesla Supercharger network opens to other EVs in the UK
Tesla Supercharger
Tesla

Tesla Supercharger network opens to other EVs in the UK

18 May 2022
Complete guide to the Fastned electric-car charging network in the UK
Volvo C40 at Fastned charger
Charging

Complete guide to the Fastned electric-car charging network in the UK

17 May 2022
Complete guide to the char.gy on-street charging network
lamp post charge point
Charging

Complete guide to the char.gy on-street charging network

17 May 2022

Most Popular

Tesla Supercharger network opens to other EVs in the UK
Tesla Supercharger
Tesla

Tesla Supercharger network opens to other EVs in the UK

15 stations and 158 chargers across the Supercharger network are now open for other electric-car users in the the UK
18 May 2022
New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond
Polestars under cover
Coming soon

New electric cars coming in 2022 and beyond

With electric cars making up an ever-increasing proportion of sales, the industry is working flat out to launch new models – here's what's on the way …
19 May 2022
New Polestar 3 electric SUV to be unveiled in October 2022
Polestar 3
Polestar

New Polestar 3 electric SUV to be unveiled in October 2022

Polestar’s large electric SUV will be followed by a sporty coupe-SUV called the Polestar 4 in 2023 and the flagship Polestar 5 saloon in 2024
19 May 2022