Are you on an Economy 7 tariff? Do you also have an electric vehicle? We want to talk to you!

  • Update *

We’ve had a lot of great responses and a delightful number of you wanted to help out. We’ve completed this round of interviews, but we should have a lot more to talk about in the near future.

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Hi everyone,

I’m Sophia - I’m a Product Specialist at Bulb. I get to spend my day researching electric vehicles and smart products (it’s a pretty great job), and I find the best insights come from YOU, dear Bulb members.

My team and I are looking for a couple of members with an Economy 7 tariff to give feedback on our up-coming Electric Vehicle (EV) features.

If you have an electric car and are on the Economy 7 tariff (one rate for the day and a different rate overnight), we’d love to chat with you.

We look forward to hearing from you! :oncoming_automobile:

I have had two Evs at the same time in the past, I’m temporarily down to one at the moment, but in the coming months will be going back to two Evs again. I’ve been driving EVs for four and a half years. Previously I was on a government monitoring scheme that monitored my usage. I have had a long standing issue with Bulb over the installation of a Smart Meter that turned out to be faulty and was finally replaced yesterday after a six month wait. I have checked my online account today and I am back onto a two rate E7 tariff. The experience has been pretty bad, but if you want to ensure you get things right in the future, then I am available .

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Hi @DaveDB - sorry to hear about your frustration with the smart meter process, and very glad it’s been resolved.

What we’d cover in the chat won’t be related to smart meters, but it would be great to get your insights. I’ll send you a direct message with the details to see if you’re available.

Thanks!

I’m in E7 and I have an EV, I’m interested in taking part.

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Hi @TheoG, that’s great to hear! I’ve sent you a message and will also send you an email.

I hope to hear from you soon :slight_smile:

I now have an EV, and have been on Economy 7 for years (I asked for a meter switch shortly after moving in last century).

I had envisaged charging overnight, and was researching the dedicated charge points - the Artisan Electrics guys on YouTube are very informative (and entertaining), as is EV Man from Yorkshire (I’d post a couple of links if I could).

However, as it turns out, I’m not charging at home at the moment as I’m lucky enough to be able to charge the car at work :smile:.

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Verrry nice @stevefoster - free charging is the best charging!

I hear it from a lot of people that they use Youtube for their EV information, so thank you for recommending some people to me - I’ll be sure to check them out.

If we need to chat to members about charging features in future, would you be willing to share your experiences?

I don’t see why not.

I found EV Man first when I was looking into the whole EV “thing”. He’s got lots of videos on YT about his experiences (good and bad) owning EVs. He’s had a couple of Leafs and now a Tesla (the reaction from his daughter when he first brought that home is on YT), and even got a Twizy for mucking about with. He does lots of EV review videos now too. Oh yes, and he’s recently installed Solar PV and battery storage ! (he’s very late getting in on the former)

I only came across the Artisan Electrics videos when I started looking into the wall chargers and trying to understand the differences. It helped that I quickly discovered the main Artisan guy, Jordan, drives a Tesla, so is “walking the walk” as it were.

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Hi Sophia

Found this as have one EV and another on order so was trying to work out if I can switch to a two tariff option with bulb. I have a smart meter that I’ve just changed to half hourly readings. Would be interested to take part if I can.

Wayne

Hi @waynepyoung - thanks for putting your hand up, and welcome to the community! We’ve filled all the interview spaces for now, but if we’d like to chat to more members about other features I’ll keep you in mind.

We’re really close to offering the 2-rate EV tariff to members like yourself who have first generation (SMETS1) smart meters. The option of signing up to the EV tariff will appear in your Bulb account when everything’s ready to go.

Please let me know if you have any information on the ev tariff. Thanks

Hi Sophia,

We’re on the E7 tariff and recently switched to Bulb with the hope of switching to your EV tariff. However, we’ve been told it won’t be available to us because we’re a business (we own a B&B). It’s disappointing as we made it clear from the start that we would like to switch to Bulb from British Gas because of the launch of the EV tariff and went to all the hassle of changing to smart meters (which I think have stopped working after one week!).

So now we use the E7 night rate to charge the car, which is substantially more expensive than the EV tariff.

Happy to talk about our experiences but sadly, they’ve not been great so far!

Me. I have an EV and E7. Also some solar panels and a PowerWall.

I’ve just connected my vehicle through the app after I noticed the beta of the EV connection being offered.