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Dale Vince, a true visionary has been involved with the renewable energy sector from a period, when most of us had yet to come across either a wind or solar farm.  In fact, ecotricity has been involved in supplying ‘clean energy’ for over three decades.  

Ecotricity began supplying ‘green electricity’ in 1996. making the company not only the first company in the U.K to supply renewable energy, but also achieved the incredible distinction of the world’s first green electricity supplier.  

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Dale Vince: Founder Ecotricity (credit: Ecotricity)

The mid-nineties were interesting times in the U.K. energy sector.  The energy market was being liberalized and Dale Vince spotted an opportunity to create a clean energy company that removed the ‘middle man’ and provided more value and more competitive pricing to consumers.

Vince, an avant-garde in introducing ‘green electricity’, is also a front-runner in building a ‘consumer centric’ energy business.  Since 1996, Vince and the incredible ecotricity team have executed their vision with a comprehensive commitment!  

If that was not enough, ecotricity also built an electric sports car named ‘Nemesis’.  In September 2012, the electric vehicle broke the U.K. electric land speed record achieving an average speed of 151 miles per hour.   

Quick Facts: Ecotricity: Inspiring Achievements

  • Delivered green electricity to its first consumer on 1stApril 1996.
  • On 13thDecember 1996, ecotricity established its first windmill. 
  • In 1997, Dale went to Japan to attend one of the first electric vehicle events and did try to buy an EV from Toyota. 
  • In 1999, the company built the first multi MW windmill project.  It was also the first windmill to have a viewing platform (designed by Sir Norman Foster).
  • In 2000, the founder of Body Shop, the late Anita Roddick, converted all her stores into green electricity sourced from ecotricity.
  • Supplied green energy to the residential customers for the first time in 2003.
  • In 2007, Al Gore presented ecotricity with the world’s leading green energy prize at the Ashden awards. 
  • In 2010 the company launched a ‘Green Gas Tariff’, making it the first company to offer a truly green dual fuel tariff.
  • In 2011, the company launched the ‘Electric Highway’, the UK’s first motorway network for charging electric vehicles
  • In 2017, the company launched the ‘Fully Charged Bundle’, an energy and EV bundle
Dale Vince And Al Gore
Dale Vince And Al Gore (credit: ecotricity)

Ecotricity Green Energy 

  • Both electricity and gas are produced from renewable sources.
  • Green electricity is harvested by using renewable sources like wind, sun and the sea (the company owns and operates its own windmills and sunmills. It generates a fifth in-house).
  • Green gas made from organic material.
  • Ecotricity also offers ‘vegan energy’ which is produced without using animals or animal by-products. 
  • One simple rate.
  • No contract and no exit fee.
Ecotricity Wind Mills
Ecotricity Wind Mills (credit: ecotricity)

ecotricity: Fully Charged EV Bundle 

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ecotricity Green Electricity, An e-zoomed Partner

Ecotricity offer an EV specific 100% green electricity tariff called the ‘Fully Charged Bundle’.   According to the company, the Fully Charged Bundle can save an electric car owner up to £215 in the first year.   Ecotricity also offers Fully Charged Bundle customers ‘half price’ charging on the Electric Highway public charging points (15p/kWh instead of 30p/kWh, with no connection fee or monthly subscription). 

  • Tariff Name: Green Electricity + EV
  • Standing Charge: 37.03p per day
  • Unit Rate: 14.56p
  • Tariff Type: variable
  • Price Guarantee: 30th September 2021 
  • Exit Fees: no exit fees

We at e-zoomed encourage you to switch to green energy for both the home and EV charging. Switching to ecotricity is easy. Just follow this link

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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