Intelligent Octopus Go manages 1GW of shiftable energy


Octopus Energy has announced that its electric vehicle tariff, Intelligent Octopus Go, now manages a combined 1 gigawatt (GW) worth of EV batteries.

150,000 EV batteries are combined into a virtual "power plant" via Octopus Energy’s proprietary technology platform, Kraken. This enables them to automatically shift their charging to greener and cheaper times to benefit the grid and EV owners.

Launched in early 2022, the number of customers on the tariff has increased five-fold in the last year alone - with over 150,000 drivers now choosing it.

Intelligent Octopus Go customers can use the Octopus Energy app to set the time they want their vehicle ready and what the level of charge should be. Kraken then works in the background to charge up when it's best for the energy system - when there is abundant, low cost, low carbon energy, and when the grid is less busy.

Intelligent Octopus Go is just one of many ways that customers are rewarded for helping to balance the grid. Octopus customers have now saved around £100 million with their smart meters through our smart tariffs and initiatives like ‘Saving Sessions’.

Alex Schoch, Head of Flexibility at Octopus Energy, said: “We’re seeing a paradigm shift in global energy - moving from dumb to smart systems that dynamically manage energy demand and supply in an Uber-style fashion. Now being able to manage a virtual power plant of 150,000 EVs has massive benefits for not only our future green grid, but every person that pays an energy bill too. We’re excited to see it grow even more from here.”