JustPark with Octopus Energy knock down the barrier to fleet electrification of vans

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JustPark, the fast-growing parking platform, and energy tech pioneer Octopus Energy Group today launches the UK’s first fleet-focused community charging solution – FleetCharge.

The new charging solution will help businesses overcome charging inequality, enabling them to accelerate their transition to electric vehicles (EV) – especially in the van sector

Key points:

  • FleetCharge, the new off-street EV charging solution from JustPark, will help businesses electrify their fleets and accelerate the transition to electric vehicles
  • JustPark will identify a suitable location to install a private charger within five minutes’ walk of a fleet driver’s home, allowing them to charge overnight without a home charger
  • Octopus Energy Group will install the chargers across the UK, providing EV drivers access to 100 per cent renewable electricity 

Working with fleet operators, JustPark will find conventient off-street charging locations for their drivers unable to have an electric vehicle charger installed at home. Chargers will be located at one of JustPark’s 50,000 parking locations or at a new site within a five minute walk of a given driver’s home. 

FleetCharge gives drivers guaranteed access to their dedicated chargers, effectively creating private chargers and a private network for each fleet operating customer. Chargers will be located at a mix of domestic, business and parking facilities, and always available for the designated user. 

Octopus Energy Services, the engineering arm of Octopus Energy Group, will install and manage FleetCharge’s charging units – allowing the fleet to access their company’s entire private charging network through the JustPark app. 

Drivers will have access to 100 percent renewable electricity from Octopus Energy and Octopus Energy’s EV roaming service, the Electric Juice Network, creating a truly sustainable fleet proposition for businesses which want to minimise their carbon footprint. 

Mike Strahlman, Director of EV at JustPark, said, “Our discussions with fleet customers tell us that there is a real appetite to electrify in the sector, but charging accessibility at home is preventing many operators from scaling up at speed. FleetCharge is a simple and effective way to bring convenient, local charging to fleet drivers, putting an end to the charging inequality that is holding the industry back”. 

John Szymik, CEO of Octopus Energy Services, said: “Transport is responsible for a third of all UK carbon emissions, and electrifying fleets will play a key role in the race to net zero. Many fleets are struggling to electrify because of charging infrastructure and lots of drivers take vehicles home after work and those who live in a flat, terraced house or rented accommodation require access to a charge point. By giving fleet drivers reliable access to EV chargers close to their homes, we help businesses drive their decarbonisation efforts at scale.”

By enabling drivers to charge overnight in the same way that home charger owners can, FleetCharge ensures that no time is wasted during the working day while drivers search for, and charge at, a vacant public charge point.

Designed to be as cost-effective and hassle-free as possible, FleetCharge consolidates the total cost of charging, parking and hardware into a single price per driver. The scalable solution also allows customers to add more charging spaces at any time, enabling them to electrify faster than they thought possible. 

FleetCharge is also available to Octopus Energy’s existing fleet customers.

For more information, visit www.justpark.com/fleetcharge

About JustPark 

Founded in 2006 and backed by some of the world’s leading investors, JustPark helps more than 7 million drivers make smarter and more sustainable journeys using its industry leading app. JustPark users can find, reserve and pay for parking across a network of over 50,000 car parks, hotels, residential driveways and a variety of other real-estate providers.

Since 2017, JustPark has operated the UK’s fastest growing and multi-award-winning mobile parking payment service, helping local authorities and parking operators provide cashless and faster payment solutions. In 2020, JustPark took over the operation of all public sector parking payments in Northern Ireland, while continuing to support Cornwall, London Borough of Camden, Cambridge and more than 20 other public sector contracts and now process in excess of 1 million transactions every month.

By unlocking the potential of under-utilised real-estate, JustPark helps motorists find a convenient and often cheaper place to park, while providing real-estate owners with new revenue opportunities and cutting-edge technology solutions.

About Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy Group was launched in 2016 with a vision of using technology to make the green energy revolution affordable whilst transforming customer experiences. It is a certified B-corp, and its domestic energy arm already serves 2.4 million customers with cheaper greener power, through Octopus Energy, M&S Energy, Affect Energy, Ebico, London Power and Co-op Energy.

Octopus Energy for Business manages over 25,000 customers with proprietary energy offerings. Octopus Electric Vehicles is helping make clean transport cheaper and easier, and Octopus Energy Services is bringing smart products to thousands of homes. Octopus Energy Generation is Europe’s largest investor in solar energy, managing a £3.4bn portfolio of renewable energy assets throughout the continent.

All of these are made possible by OEG’s tech arm, Kraken Technologies, which offers a proprietary, in-house platform based on advanced data and machine learning capabilities, Kraken automates much of the energy supply chain to allow outstanding service and efficiency as the world transitions to a decentralised, decarbonised energy system. This technology has been licensed to support over 17 million accounts worldwide, through deals with Good Energy, E.ON energy and Origin Energy.

In December 2020, Octopus Energy Group was valued at over $2 billion after closing its second investment round of the year led by international energy companies Tokyo Gas and Origin Energy. With operations in the US, Japan, Germany, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, Octopus Energy Group’s mission to drive the affordable green revolution is going global.

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