Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff Review and Guide

Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff Review and Guide

Smart EV tariffs are the best way to save money on home EV charging. Fact. And, whether you have been researching the topic in depth or are an EV smart tariff newbie, you will likely have come across the UK’s most popular EV tariff – Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff.

But what is the Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff? How much can I charge with the Octopus Intelligent Go Tariff? And between the two Octopus energy tariffs – Octopus Go vs Intelligent Go – which is better?

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know in our extensive guide.

What is the Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff?

In summary, the Intelligent Octopus Go tariff is a variable EV tariff from Octopus Energy that allows you to access cheap EV charging rates of 7.5p per kilowatt-hour between 11:30 a.m. and 05:30 p.m.

How does the Intelligent Octopus Go work?

The Octopus Energy Intelligent Go Tariff uses their ‘Kraken machine learning’ technology to find the best EV charging times for you. In turn, the smart tariff automatically schedules charging during cheaper, greener off-peak hours.

The only caveat is that Octopus needs access to your electric car to do so – and control it.

But, it sounds worse than it is. And, in return, you’re gifted with six hours of low-cost and greener energy.

Here’s a step-by-step guide for using the Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff:

  1. Download the Octopus app: Ensure you have the Octopus Energy app installed on your smartphone.
  2. Connect your EV or charger: In the app, connect your electric vehicle (EV) or compatible charger and give Octopus access.
  3. Plug in your car: Physically plug the charging cable from the charger into your compatible electric vehicle.
  4. Set charging information through the Octopus app: Let the app know how much charge your EV needs and when you want it fully charged.
  5. Automatic scheduling: Octopus’ smart technology will automatically schedule your charging sessions during the cheapest and greenest times.
  6. Save money: Access lower home charging rates of 7.5p per kilowatt during off-peak hours and charge with less carbon-intensive energy.

What do you need?

At present, to take advantage of the Intelligent Octopus Go, EV owners need:

  • To be an Octopus Energy customer
  • Have a smart meter
  • Have a compatible electric vehicle (EV)
  • Have an Intelligent Octopus compatible charger installed at your home
  • Have a smartphone compatible with the Intelligent Octopus Go app. For iPhone users, you need iOS v14.0 or higher. Similarly, Android users need v7 or newer.

Which EV chargers are compatible with Intelligent Octopus Go?

Currently, only the Ohme EV chargers are fully compatible with the Octopus Intelligent Go Tariff. So, if you want to save on smart charging rates your two options are the Ohme Home Pro or the Ohme ePod. By comparison, the two Ohme home chargers differ only in that one is tethered, and the other is untethered.

 

Get your free Ohme EV charger quote today and take advantage of Octopus’ coveted tariff.

Zappi and Intelligent Octopus – Is the myenergi Zappi compatible with Intelligent Octopus Go?

People often ask if the Intelligent Octopus Go and Zappi work together. Sadly, the my energi Zappi and Octopus Intelligent Go are not compatible.

Which electric cars are compatible with the Octopus Intelligent Go Tariff?

Please note that not all electric cars are compatible with the Octopus Intelligent Go Tariff. That said, electric car models from the below manufacturers are typically compatible:

  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Chevy
  • Jaguar
  • Mini
  • Porsche
  • Tesla
  • Volkswagen

To double-check Octopus Intelligent Go compatible cars, please use Octopus Energy’s online checker.

Can I charge two electric vehicles with the lower rate? 

Unfortunately, you can’t charge two electric cars with Intelligent Octopus Go’s off-peak rates at the same time.

Intelligent Octopus vs Octopus Go: What’s the difference between Octopus Go and Intelligent Go tariffs?

On the whole, the main difference between the Octopus Intelligent Go and Go tariffs is the length of cheaper charging. Octopus Intelligent Go offers six hours of discounted electricity for charging your EV at home. In comparison, Octopus Go only provides four hours of discounted electricity.

Is it worth switching to the Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff?

In our opinion, it’s 100% worth switching to the Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff. Charging your electric vehicle during off-peak hours with the Intelligent Octopus Go Tariff is explicitly cheaper. To demonstrate, the average cost of home charging is 28p per kilowatt-hour, but you can decrease this to 7.5p per kilowatt hour with the Intelligent Go tariff.

Summary:

  • The Intelligent Octopus Go rates are 7.5p per kilowatt-hour during off-peak hours (11:30pm until 05:30am).
  • Only the Ohme home EV chargers are Intelligent Octopus Go compatible chargers. So, Octopus Intelligent Go and Zappi chargers are not compatible.
  • Additionally, only Intelligent Octopus Go compatible cars work with the tariff. If your electric vehicle is not on Octopus’ list, you won’t be able to use the tariff.
  • Charging scheduled with the Intelligent Go tariff is greener for the environment and cheaper.
  • In our Intelligent Octopus Go review, we consider the tariff a must-use for those who want to save on charging costs.

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