Vive la EV-olution! Octopus Electroverse launches in France, Spain and Italy
- Revolutionary British electric car charging platform opens for French, Italian and Spanish drivers
- Roaming service for charging on-the-go removes need for multiple apps
- Enables drivers to access over half a million charge points from 580 brands
London, 5 October 2023 – Octopus Energy expands its award-winning electric vehicle (EV) public charging platform – Octopus Electroverse – into France, Spain and Italy following its successful rollout in the UK.
Electroverse’s simple ‘one card, one app’ concept launched in 2020 and took the UK market by storm.
The cutting-edge roaming platform revolutionised on-the-road charging of electric cars, and it now serves one in four EV drivers in the UK – more than any other public charging service in the country.
Drivers based in France, Spain and Italy now also have access to over half a million public charge points across 580 brands in 40 countries.
They are the first countries Electroverse has expanded into for drivers outside the UK. The roaming service is already gearing up for further international expansion soon.
France is one of Europe’s largest car markets and is targeting the production of two million EVs a year by 2030, backed by €2.5 billion in investment. This comes alongside a €300 million scheme to aid the deployment of charge points across the country.
Meanwhile the Italian car market has seen a resurgence in 2023 with the EV market expected to reach €6.8 billion by the end of the year. Spain also increased its EV sales by almost half in the first half of this year.
This is reflective of the wider EU, which saw a 60% jump in EV sales in July of this year, largely driven by favourable Government support programmes and subsidies*.
Matt Davies, Director of Octopus Electroverse, said: “Public charging angst should never be a blocker to switching to cheaper, greener driving – Octopus Electroverse is the solution, making charging on the road as simple as possible.
“Now drivers in France, Spain and Italy will have access to hundreds of thousands of charge points with one tap. We’re on a mission to make EV charging seamless, and we’ve got big plans to roll out our tech to even more countries around the globe.”
Electroverse also offers embedded features to drastically improve the charging experience for drivers, including an interactive global map that shows chargers and their availability, a route-planner, in-car support with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Plug and Charge support, and much more.
Notes to editors:
- France EV targets, IEA, France 2030 investment plan, clean transport investment
- Italy EV growth, Clean Technica, July 2023
- Italy EV sales, Statista, Italy - Electric Vehicles
- Spanish EV sales, Kallanish, July 2023
- European EV sales, Reuters, August 2023
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About Octopus Electroverse
Launched in summer 2020, Octopus Electroverse is Octopus’ answer to the frequent complaint that Electric Vehicle (EV) drivers need many different apps and cards to use the many different brands of EV charging stations. Electroverse is making public charging simple by having just one card and one app, with zero added costs or ongoing fees, and support for the latest in-car technology.
EV drivers across the globe can now access over 550,000 different charge points from more than 580 different charging operators in over 40 countries. Electroverse is open to anyone, and Octopus Energy customers have the option of linking their public EV charging with their home energy bill for the ultimate simplicity.
Electroverse (previously Electric Juice) won ‘Best EV Innovation’ at Driving Electric Awards 2021 and ‘Best Use of Technology’ at UK Business & Innovations Awards 2022. For more information on Electroverse, head to our website.
About Octopus Energy Group
Octopus Energy is a global energy and technology group, driving the affordable, green energy system of the future. Its operations span 17 countries and the entire energy value chain. The group invests in, builds and flexibly manages renewable energy, operating a £6 billion portfolio of projects – one of Europe’s largest.
Octopus serves 5.8 million customers through its retail arm, and has licensed its advanced data and machine learning platform, Kraken, to support 30 million customer accounts worldwide through licensing deals with energy companies, including EDF, E.ON and Origin Energy.
Kraken enables Octopus to drive the electrification of heat and transport through smart tariffs and innovative cleantech. Backed by pension funds, investors and energy giants, Octopus Energy Group businesses deliver cheaper, greener energy and cutting-edge tech to countries and customers worldwide. For more information, check out our website.
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