Octopus Energy’s EV roaming service surpasses 300,000 charger milestone as it rebrands for global growth
- Octopus Energy’s EV roaming service ‘Electric Juice’ rebrands to ‘Electric Universe’
- 450+ charging networks signed up, including Geniepoint, MFG, IONITY, Osprey, making it one the world’s largest 'virtual' EV charging networks
- Electric Universe simplifies public EV charging for drivers, helping accelerate the EV rollout by providing one card and app
London, Tuesday 6th September 2022 - Octopus Energy’s electric vehicle (EV) roaming service Electric Universe surpasses 300,000 charge points globally as it rebrands to supercharge international growth. Only two years since launch, it is now one of the world’s largest ‘virtual’ EV charging networks.
Electric Universe (formerly Electric Juice) is making charging electric cars simple, allowing drivers to use just one card and one app to access over 300,000 public charge points from a range of brands across the globe.
The breadth of charge points accessible on Electric Universe is quickly expanding internationally. Over 450 charging networks have joined, including IONITY, Osprey, Mer, Fastned, Char.gy and EVBox. Just in the last two months Geniepoint, MFG and ShellRecharge joined the roaming service, adding hundreds more rapid chargers for customers across the UK, with more scheduled to come onboard this year.
This milestone comes as Electric Universe launches new product features to drastically improve the EV charging experience, including an interactive map showing EV charge points and their availability across more than 50 countries. The new feature prevents ‘range anxiety’, alleviating fears of running out of power before finding a charger.
The EV market is set to massively grow with 230 million EVs forecast to be on the roads globally by 2030*. The UK currently has around 465,000 EVs**, with the government laying out ambitions for a tenfold increase in charge points by 2030***. More than half of drivers aged 16 to 49 years are now likely to switch to an EV within the next decade****.
Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy for Business, the business arm of Octopus Energy that created Electric Universe, comments: “Going from 0 to over 300,000 EV chargers in two years reflects our rocket-speed growth - and this is only the beginning for Electric Universe. On the road to greater electrification of our society, drivers are increasingly choosing electric. Being able to charge an EV easily will underpin this shift. We’re moving full-steam ahead to grow our EV roaming service even further globally to help accelerate the transition to a cheaper, greener energy future.
Matt Davies, Director of Octopus Energy’s Electric Universe, added: “For many, charging simplicity is the key to making the switch to an EV. The technology we’re building with Electric Universe means that the greener and cheaper option will also be the easiest option - positively transforming the EV charging experience for people across the globe today and in the years to come.”
Notes to editors:
* Figures from the International Energy Agency, Global EV Outlook 2021
** The RAC’s ‘The road to electric - in charts and data’, 2022 estimates
*** Tenfold expansion in charge points by 2030 as government drives EV revolution, Gov, March 2022
**** Over half of younger drivers likely to switch to electric in next decade, ONS Census 2021, October 2021
Imagery of Electric Universe can be found here
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About Octopus Energy’s Electric Universe
Launched in summer 2020, Electric Universe is Octopus Energy’s 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. Electric Universe is making public charging simple by having just one card, one app and one map, with zero added costs or ongoing fees.
EV drivers across the globe can now access over 300,000 different charge points with their card and get all the payments added on to their monthly energy bill, whether they’re with Octopus Energy or not. Two years on and over 450 charging networks have signed up. Electric Universe won ‘Best EV Innovation’ at Driving Electric Awards 2021 and ‘Best Use of Technology’ at UK Business & Innovations Awards 2022. For more information on Electric Universe, head to the Electric Universe website.
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