Paid to Charge - Choosing the Right Tariff
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24th December 2020
by Ohme

Paid to Charge - Choosing the Right Tariff

Ohme chargers work with all UK electricity tariffs, however to get the most from your Ohme you should invest a little time into exploring your charging patterns and match it against the most relevant electricity tariff.

As EVs become increasingly more popular, the demand on the national grid will increase. To balance the demand on the grid over the day, many electricity providers are incentivising EV drivers to charge at off-peak times with special EV tariffs.

As well as your typical standard tariff, there are two types of tariffs favoured by EV drivers for their individual benefits:

Regular Time-of-Use

These tariffs typically have lower unit costs at certain periods of the day – when there is less demand on the national grid. You know how much you pay and at what time therefore set a time based charging profile.

Smart Time-of-Use

Innovative “Agile Tariffs” have recently been launched by Octopus Energy. These track the wholesaler price of electricity throughout the day. Where electricity supply is greater than demand (often a result of renewable energy sources), plunge moments can occur where you will get paid to charge your EV. Ohme smart charging integrates perfectly with Agile tariffs allowing you to chase lowest cost charging and benefit from plunge moments.

How can I be paid to charge?

Step 1

Purchase an Ohme charger and pair it with a smart time of use tariff - like Octopus' Agile tariff!

Step 2

Set a charging profile through the Ohme app. Within your schedule, you can add a maximum price cap. Try setting your cap to 'do not charge over 0p/kWh'!

Step 3

The Agile tariff follows wholesale pricing and updates every 30 minutes. When supply on the Grid is greater than demand, energy companies pay customers to use electricity because it can't be stored on the Grid.

Step 4

Ohme’s smart charger works with any electricity tariff but if you are on an agile tariff, it interrogates the future pricing levels so your Ohme knows when to charge in order to reach your charge target whilst staying below your maximum charging price.