Octopus Energy launches 'Electric Juice' roaming service for car charging
Energy provider Octopus Energy has announced a new roaming charging service called Electric Juice. It offers electric-car drivers a single way to pay for all their charging, whether off-street, on-street or at public charging points.
Octopus intends to partner with multiple charging networks, so drivers will be able to use their Octopus account to pay for a charging session at any of them, with the costs appearing on a single bill. Electric Juice will be available to both existing Octopus Energy customers and all other electric-car drivers.
The service's launch partner is Char.gy, which offers charging points integrated in lamp-posts so those without off-street parking can charge at or near their homes. More partner networks are set to be added in due course, and Octopus says the service will eventually encompass charging providers in Europe, allowing charging on trips abroad to be paid for on the same bill, too.
Electric Juice grew out of Octopus' existing work with UK charging-point operators, many of whom it supplies electricity, analytics and time-of-use tariffs to.
Commenting on the launch, Octopus founder and CEO Greg Jackson said: “Electric vehicle drivers have rightly long complained that public charge points can be a real hassle, and it’s hard to keep track of costs, as every network runs on a unique app or card basis.
"Octopus’ Electric Juice Network doesn’t just consolidate charging costs, it adds them to your Octopus Energy bill if you’re an existing customer. For non-Octopus customers, you can still use the service to ensure you’re able to track (and pay) in one simple way."