The Sureserve Group electrifies fleet with Octopus Energy
- Sureserve partners with Octopus Energy to transition 600 business vehicles to electric alternatives within the next three years.
- Employees will be provided with home chargers and smart energy tariffs giving them overnight charging nearly three quarters cheaper than the wholesale price.
- Sureserve has chosen Octopus Energy’s Electric Juice Network and Fleet Dashboard so its vehicles can charge on-the-go with consolidated billing across home, work and on the road.
London, Wednesday 28th July - The Sureserve Group, a leading compliance and energy services group, has partnered with Octopus Energy, the UK’s fastest growing energy supplier, to transition 600 business vehicles to electric in the next three years.
Sureserve was introduced to Octopus Energy via its Future Mobility Offering with NatWest Group. Any NatWest Group business or personal customer can access low-cost finance packages to use the global entech firm’s electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
Sureserve employees will be offered home charging installations and the option to switch to an Octopus Energy smart tariff as part of the three-year contract.
The tariff will enable Sureserve’s vans and cars to charge cost-efficiently when there is more green energy on the grid. This will provide six hours of super plunge pricing overnight with a saving of 73% compared to current fixed domestic energy tariff options in the market. This also enables Octopus to offer a cheaper daytime rate for drivers from value obtained by this dynamic charging.
Octopus will provide Sureserve with access to the Electric Juice Network, Octopus’s growing roaming platform that allows fleets to access thousands of charge points across the country, all through one app, card and simplified bill.
Sureserve’s fleet managers will be given a fleet dashboard platform by Octopus, which is powered by data from Ohme’s intelligent chargers installed at driver homes. It consolidates the cost of charging on workplace, home and public chargers. It can send payments through payroll back to the driver, so that Sureserve can reimburse drivers for the business miles that they are doing.
Peter Smith, Interim Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Sureserve, said: “We continue to enjoy a fantastic partnership with Octopus when it comes to the Group’s energy needs. The delivery of this new project is a very exciting addition to the scope of our sustainable operations, with very real and direct benefits to our businesses, our people, our clients and their customers, and of course the environment. It’s crucial to find the right partner when supporting our long-term sustainable commitments, and we look forward to working closely with Octopus to implement further improvements in the future.”
Zoisa North-Bond, CEO of Octopus Energy for Business, the arm of Octopus Energy Group which is managing the partnership, said: “We are really excited that Sureserve has chosen to work with Octopus Energy as their electric fleet partner. Our team designed a tailor-made solution for Sureserve which allows them to charge their fleet with green energy when it’s at its cheapest. Business fleets play a key role in the success of decarbonising UK roads. It's our ambition to make switching to green electricity as easy and comfortable as possible for them so we can fast-track the UK to net zero."
Robert Labinski, Head of Electrification at Octopus Energy for Business and lead on the project, commented: “There is no other offering in the market that combines bespoke time-of-use tariffs, charging infrastructure, roaming and billing in one easy to use fleet platform. This is a landmark fleet electrification deal that proves our capability to solve the most challenging problems fleet managers are facing when integrating electric vehicles into their businesses.”
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About Octopus Energy for Business
Since launching in January 2018 as part of Octopus Energy Group, Octopus Energy for Business has accrued over 30,000 customers, from SMEs to our largest customer, Arsenal FC, supplying them with 100% renewable power. Creating products based on local energy supply, niche supply and simply providing fairly priced green energy, Octopus Energy for Business is taking the tired notion of industrial & commercial power and flipping it on its head.
In May 2020, Octopus Energy for Business launched the Electric Juice Charging Network, a network of many different brands of charge point providers that gives EV drivers a consolidated user interface and one, simple bill to pay with.
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