A Look Back At 2020!

January 15, 2021
Chris Darby

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and the image above of the team celebrating our Christmas quiz via Zoom feels like 2020 in a nutshell

After the year we’ve all endured, you’re probably wondering why we want to look back at all. But the truth is despite the struggles we’ve all faced and the inevitable challenges ahead, there are some positive stories to share

It’s a new record!🥇

Britain achieved over two consecutive months of coal-free power generation
A surge in renewable energy plus low demand during lockdown meant that the UK produced zero electricity from fossil fuels for over two months. This was great news for EV drivers as greener electricity means greener EV charging. With 90% of new electricity generation sites being renewable in 2020, coal-free power generation looks like a trend that’s set to continue globally

Lockdowns gave the environment a much-needed breather 🌱

Concentrations of NO2 (a pollutant mainly emitted by road transport) plummeted when governments across Europe introduced spring lockdowns. Levels recorded in the UK in April were 50% below average. Noise pollution was also greatly reduced. But these benefits were only temporary, as air quality returned to normal following the easing of restrictions. This period revealed some of the benefits we could achieve from a lasting and sustainable reduction in air pollution.

The government banned the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 🚘

Maybe the people in charge took note of how our environment responded to the absence of ICE vehicles on the roads during lockdown. The ban was announced alongside the government’s 10 point plan for a “green industrial revolution”. This is a welcome step in the right direction to help us meet our emissions targets and tackle climate change.

Tesla became the world’s most valuable automaker 💵

Tesla’s market capitalization increased by more than $500 billion in 2020.The company is now worth roughly the same as the nine largest car companies globally combined, despite selling a fraction of the volume of cars. It’s great to see how a company making positive change is being rewarded by investors. It can only bode well for the future.

ev.energy highlights

2020 was a fantastic year for ev.energy. In March, our team made a seamless transition to remote working. Since then, we’ve expanded the team so that we can continue to deliver on our mission. We are now 26 people strong, and our mix of perspectives and expertise helps drive ev.energy forward.

But new team members aren’t the only people we’ve welcomed on board. We have grown our user base by a further 250%. This means that last year, we delivered 10,000MWh of energy through our platform. That’s enough energy to power 1 million homes for a year.

One of our proudest moments was obtaining B Corp™ certification. This means we meet the highest environmental and social standards of business and is a testament to our commitment to people and the planet.

Smart charging in 2020 enabled the ev.energy community to:

  • Save £215,000 through Smart Charging 💰 - That’s the total combined savings our users made last year due to charging during off-peak hours.
  • Save 160 tonnes of Carbon Dioxide 🐋 - That’s the same as the weight of five Humpback whales.
  • Offset 14 more tonnes of CO2 through our rewards programme 🌳 - Thank you to all the users who chose carbon credits as their reward last year. You’ve helped us, in partnership with Carbon Footprint™, to plant trees both in the UK and in the Amazon rainforest.

We’ve got many exciting plans in the pipeline that we can’t wait to share with you. For 2021, our aspirations are bigger than ever as we work to deliver greener, cheaper charging for everyone.

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