May 27, 2021

EDF GoElectric 35 tariff costs a penny per mile

EDF
electricvehicles
tariffs
Dominic Ellis
3 min
Despite the cost savings, consumer research from EDF shows drivers are still in the dark about the benefits of switching to electric

EDF’s GoElectric 35 EV tariff offers an off-peak charging rate of 4.5p / kwh - the lowest in Britain and equivalent to just 1.3p per mile for a typical Electric Vehicle (EV). 

This means it’s possible for British drivers to travel for a penny a mile for the first time since 1972, when petrol cost 35p per gallon, the Ford Cortina was the country’s most popular car, flares were all the rage and T.Rex and Slade were topping the charts.

Despite the cost savings, consumer research from EDF shows drivers are still in the dark about the benefits of switching to an EV. The average motorist estimates it would cost 34p to travel a mile in an EV, with over a third (38%) not aware that it’s cheaper to fully charge an electric vehicle than to fill a petrol/diesel car with a full tank of fuel.

The research of 2,000 motorists across the UK showed that drivers believe it costs an average of £25.80 to fully charge an EV - £20 more than the true cost using the EDF GoElectric 35 tariff.

Despite the lack of understanding of the cost savings offered by EVs, motorists are increasingly attracted by their environmental benefit. Over half (56%) have made, or are considering making, the switch to an EV as they believe they are more environmentally friendly and 35% believe that an EV will make them feel that they are ‘doing their bit’ towards hitting the government’s target of Net Zero carbon emissions.

Currently the collective ‘carbon footprint’ of petrol and diesel cars on UK roads is fourteen times what it would be if all those vehicles were to switch to electric by 2030.

With 32.4 million petrol and diesel cars on UK roads, these emit around 69.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, when driven an average of 7,600 miles. By comparison, the same amount of electric cars would add less than 5 million tonnes of CO₂ to the environment by 2030 - a fall of 92 per cent, reducing Britain’s overall carbon footprint by more than 10 per cent. 

Philippe Commaret, Managing Director for Customers at EDF, said: “As Britain’s biggest generator of zero carbon electricity, we’re committed to making it as easy as possible for motorists to make the switch to an EV. Combined with the dramatic environmental benefits that could be achieved if we were all to switch to an electric vehicle over the next ten years, there has never been a better time to consider going electric.” 

The 100% zero-carbon renewable tariff offers 35 hours of off-peak energy per week at 4.5p/kWh (5 hours off-peak between 12-5am GMT daily). Through its partnerships with Drive Electric and Pod Point, EDF aims to encourage more motorists to switch to electric motoring, providing customers with access to a range of electric vehicle offerings from chargers for home, electric vehicle leasing, and three different tariff options.

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Jun 22, 2021

Next Energy Technologies delivers PV window to Paris partner

Windows
SolarPV
construction
Paris
Dominic Ellis
4 min
Next Energy Technologies has delivered its energy-generating prototype window wall to Bouygues Construction in Paris

Next Energy Technologies, makers of a proprietary transparent PV coating that transforms commercial windows into energy producing solar panels, has delivered its PV Prototype Window Wall to Bouygues Construction in Paris.

Bouygues is a leading construction firm that specialises in complex commercial projects and the deal comes weeks after Next announced its $13.4 Million Series C round of funding (click here).

The PV Prototype Window Wall was delivered by NEXT in collaboration with its partners, Walters & Wolf, a leading commercial curtainwall manufacturer and glazing subcontractor headquartered in Fremont, California, and commercial glass fabricator, Glassfab Tempering  Services/Solarfab in Tracy, California. 

“NEXT’s technology is both unique and promising. We’re proud to support their collaboration with Bouygues Construction and will continue to work side by side with them in bringing their product to market,” said Nick Kocelj, President of Walters & Wolf.  

“We support NEXT Energy in their focused effort in providing a unique and innovative product to  the architectural market. When presented the opportunity to participate in this project, we were  eager to assist in any way possible”, said Brian Frea, President of Glassfab Tempering Services/ Solarfab. 

NEXT’s proprietary transparent PV coating transforms commercial windows into  energy-producing solar panels by converting unwanted infrared and UV light into electricity. This fully integrated system can help enable buildings to power themselves with their windows which  retain their traditional transparency and performance. 

The prototype installation consists of 10 transparent PV windows that supply electricity to a battery that powers an interactive display as well as auxiliary charging outlets, for phones, tablets and other electronics.

The purpose of this prototype demonstration is to showcase the  power generation functionality, the exceptional transparency and aesthetics, and the seamless  integration of NEXT windows into a standard glazing system designed by Walters & Wolf to  carry the electronics, wiring and hardware that comprise the balance-of-system. This direct integration into traditional commercial window and framing systems effectively extracts costs  typically associated with packaging and installation of solar. 

Installed in a typical commercial high-rise office building, the first generation of Next windows would offset as much as 10-20% of its power needs, and over a 30-year timeframe, such a building would produce about 20 million kWh of clean power, saving an average of $170,000  annually on utility bills and reducing 14,500 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, the equivalent of powering 1,700 homes for an entire year. In the coming years, Next windows will be commercially available for window sizes up to 5 ft. x 10 ft (1.5 x 3 meters).  

Supply Chain solution to the climate crisis 

Next’s PV coatings are applied to commercial windows during the window fabrication  process, integrating with existing manufacturers without disrupting established workflows and  supply chains. This capital-efficient business model reduces risks to customers, removes  barriers to adoption, and accelerates speed to market, all while adding a high-value product to  the market. This direct integration into traditional commercial window and framing systems  effectively extracts costs typically associated with packaging and installation of solar.

"We are excited to be one of the first global construction companies pioneering NEXT's revolutionary transparent solar panel windows. This innovation will allow Bouygues Construction to offer its clients a simple, sustainable, and profitable solution for buildings that are autonomous in the management of their energy," said Christian De Nacquard, R&D and Innovation Director, Bouygues Bâtiment International.

The EU aims to be climate-neutral by 2050, requiring a fundamental transformation of the construction and building sectors, and 100% of new commercial buildings in California will be designed to zero net energy (ZNE) standards by 2030. Globally, buildings generate an estimated 40% of annual GHG emissions.

“Addressing the climate crisis at the corporate level requires creative and cost-effective solutions. Commercial buildings are an excellent example of something that can be re-imagined and improved to reduce carbon emissions and overall impact,” said Daniel Emmett,
CEO of NEXT. 

“At a more personal level, we’re seeing employees returning to office buildings after more than a year of lockdown vocally prioritise healthy and sustainable work environments as a requirement of in-person work."

In a recent survey, 74% of employees said they would consider changing jobs if their company did not meet their requirements for a healthy and sustainable office environment, added Emmett.

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