A 'rEVolution' in charging: Zappi's London launch empowers ambition

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Dec 2018

Grimsby-area tech start-up MyEnergi has launched its flagship product’s new range at a high profile event in the capital, with the ambition to revolutionise car charging at home and work unveiled.

The team, supported on the day by investor and former Tesco chief Sir Terry Leahy, took over Sky Loft London atop Millbank Tower to demonstrate the Zappi. 

An innovative smart charger, it links renewable energy and electric vehicles. Since its launch in early 2017, it has won critical acclaim from the industry and strong sales have seen the Binbrook team built up.

It also attracted £1.2 million from Sir Terry and investment house founder Bill Currie, who now hold equity in the firm.

Jordan Brompton, MyEnergi co-founder and sales director, said: “I’m so proud of the team and what we’ve all achieved in such a short space of time. Our story really is phenomenal, and everyone has worked so hard, as we do everything in house from coming up with the concept, design, to manufacture. 

The full Zappi range is ready for regulations coming out in 2019, and it is claimed to be far easier to install, as the only charger where an earth rod is not required. 

Watch the launch video here: 

Robert Llewellyn, the former Red Dwarf actor who now fronts YouTube channel, Fully Charged, was there too.

He met Mrs Brompton at a trade event last summer, and was immediately hooked on the device, making a programme there and then. He said: “Being one of the first customers of the incredible Zappi charger and after using it on a daily basis, it makes the combination of solar panels and an electric car a no-brainer, it’s easy to use, reliable and saves me a lot of money.”

Lee Sutton, co-founder and chief executive, told how in the next two years, MyEnergi will be playing a role in helping support the electric vehicle charging infrastructure, and with it increasing the uptake of the cars, as well as expanding exportation of their eco designs into other continents. 

The launch also heard from chief executive of Octopus Electric Vehicles, Fiona Howarth, who explained the successful partnership it now enjoys with MyEnergi as a green supplier.

Part of Octopus Energy, it provides the ability through special tariffs to allow drivers to seamlessly access carbon-free driving at 1p/mile by automatically charging when the low, off-peak rate kicks in. It is heading towards powering 500,000 homes. 

She said: “At Octopus Electric Vehicles we are thrilled to partner with MyEnergi and offer our customers some of the most revolutionary technology by pairing our dynamic EV tariff Octopus Go with Zappi, making the move to zero-carbon transportation and cleaner air as part of our commitment to better health for the next generation, with an outlook for more sustainable living.”

The stars of the show were new Zappi models, both tethered and untethered, as well as a three-phase 22w Zappi for destination charging and a new MyEnergi hub device and app, offering internet connectivity for remote control and live data stream.

As reported, Zappi works like any regular charging point but has special eco charging modes which will benefit homeowners with grid-tied microgeneration systems, like wind or solar generation. One setting can even pause charging when grid offtake is required.

Two special eco charging modes automatically adjust charging current in response to on-site generation and household power consumption, while it can also operate like a standard EV charging station.

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