Energy optimisation in EV charging at Pod Point & Centrica

A key focus for Pod Point as we move into 2024 is energy grid flexibility & the agreement with Centrica is a pivotal step, says Andy Palmer, Pod Point CEO

Powering 745 million miles of electric driving with over 9,200 public charging bays, Pod Point operates the largest network of EV charging points in the UK

Founded in 2009, Pod Point works with some of the biggest names in EVs — including Volkswagen, BMW, Honda and Nissan — to provide home, workplace and fleet, and commercial charging. 

Energy services company Centrica — home to British Gas, Dyno Rod, PH Jones and Bord Gáis Energy — is working with Pod Point to expand the management of flexible energy resources to optimise electricity generation and consumption across the grid. 

"A key focus of our business as we move into 2024 is grid flexibility and the agreement with Centrica is a pivotal step in this direction," says Andy Palmer, CEO of Pod Point. 

With over 44 years of experience in the automotive industry, Palmer took the reins of Pod Point in 2023 having previously been COO of Nissan, President and Group CEO of Aston Martin Lagonda and Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of SWITCH Mobility Ltd. He is also currently founder and CEO of Palmer Automotive, Chairman of the Board of Innobat, Chairman of Brill Power, and Chairman of Hilo EV.

"The trial will allow us to explore opportunities for British Gas customers to benefit from flexibility services that not only enhance cost efficiency but also contribute to reducing carbon emissions.”

Minimising carbon emissions — from the consumer up

The significant step in Pod Point's expansion into energy flexibility represents the first step in a planned roadmap of activity, maximising leading-edge technology partnerships and collaborations with established industry players. The goal for the EV charging giant is to develop and deliver innovative solutions for residential customers which will aim to help users significantly reduce energy costs and minimise carbon emissions.

“British Gas is committed to providing our customers with sustainable energy solutions which is why we are pleased to support Pod Point’s extensive network of connected EV charging points,” adds Stavros Sachinis, Demand Side Response Director from Centrica. 

In his role, Sachinis works with IoT partners worldwide to unlock demand response value from connected devices, maximising revenue through the world’s most advanced Virtual Power Plants whilst maintaining comfort and productivity for homes and businesses. 

“Integrating Pod Point's flexibility services into our Virtual Power Plant will add a valuable layer to our capabilities and will further strengthen this commitment."

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