SSE Energy launches new ‘free electricity’ tariff for EV drivers

SSE Energy Services has launched a new tariff for electric vehicle (EV) owners, giving them up to 2,000 kWh of free electricity a year when they charge their car overnight at home.

They say people who sign up to the 1 Year Fix and Drive tariff will be able to benefit from 8,000 miles free a year.

Also, when a customer takes out the tariff, all electricity will be matched with 100% renewable electricity. The tariff will be available to both new and existing customers, and will be available with no exit fee. 

SSE is the UK’s third-largest energy supplier, providing energy to 5.7 million customer accounts throughout Great Britain.

Stephen Forbes, Managing Director of SSE Energy Services, said: ‘We know that the majority of EV owners charge their car at home as this is the easiest way to keep their battery topped up.

‘Here at SSE, we want to make using electric cars even more convenient, which is why our new 1 Year Fix and Drive tariff allows customers to charge their car at home overnight for free.’

In July, the government announced that EV charge points will be built on every new UK home or office with a car parking space.

The UK would be the first government in the world to introduce the legislation, which it says will make charging easier, cheaper and more convenient for drivers.

Currently, the government provides a grant of £500 towards the cost of installing a charge point at home which they claim has seen over 100,000 domestic charge points installed to date.

They also say that to mitigate any negative impact on housing supply due to the cost of creating a new connection to the grid, they are proposing an exemption of £3600 per charging point, which is more than three times the average cost of an electrical capacity connection required for one charge point.

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