Osprey Charging partners with Octopus to continue 100% renewable energy commitment and bring EV Discovery Days to locals



Osprey Charging has partnered with Octopus Energy to bring 100 % renewable electricity to all Osprey Charging charge points across the UK, including Osprey Charging’s biggest-scale partnership to date with Marston’s Inns and Taverns.

– To celebrate the launch of the partnership Octopus Electric Vehicles hosted the first of several local Discovery Day events on Saturday April 13th at the new Osprey Charging rapid charge points at Marston’s Bakehouse pub in Welwyn Garden City, giving over 40 locals the chance to test drive a range of EVs and discover how easy rapid charging can be.

– Local EV drivers and Octopus Energy customers within a 15-miles radius of Welwyn Garden City can also enjoy free charging from April to June 2019 at any Osprey Charging charge point – register at: octopusev.com/ev-rewards.


Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, Saturday 13th April 2019

Osprey Charging and Octopus Energy have joined forces in an exciting partnership to continue Osprey Charging’s commitment to an 100% renewable electricity supply to our rapid charge point network.

Osprey Charging’s rapid chargers are simple to use, with contactless payment, and can charge an EV with 75-100 miles in around 30mins, depending on the car and the way it is driven – perfect for drivers to top up while they eat, shop or even workout. Marston’s family- and business-orientated restaurants and pubs therefore provide an ideal location for rapid charging, with 200 sites planned in the next two years.

To celebrate the Osprey Charging-Octopus partnership, Octopus Electric Vehicles ran a first Discovery Day at Osprey Charging EV chargers at The Bakehouse, Welwyn Garden City, giving over 40 locals the chance to test drive and EV and many more the chance to talk with Osprey Charging reps about driving electric and rapid charge points. 

Octopus Electric Vehicles is also giving Welwyn Garden City locals who already have an EV three months of free unlimited charging at any Osprey Charging rapid charger! EV drivers who live within 15 miles can enjoy the offer that runs from April through June 2019 by registering for an RFID card at: octopusev.com/ev-rewards.

The Discovery Day and free charging offer for locals is expected to be the first of a series of events at Osprey Charging and Marston’s EV rapid charging sites.

Osprey Charging plans to install 400 rapid charge points at 200 Marston’s sites across the UK by Dec 2020; the first UK partnership of its kind. 



Ian Johnston, CEO of Osprey Charging, said: “Re-fuelling is being revolutionised by the electric vehicle. Our first-of-its-kind partnership with Marston’s is part of our nationwide roll out of rapid charge points in places where people already spend time eating, shopping or meeting colleagues, friends and family. Through our partnership with Octopus Energy, Osprey Charging is delighted to introduce our convenient rapid charging service, powered by 100% renewable energy, to even more people across the UK. Starting with the Welwyn Garden City Discovery Day at Marston’s Bakehouse pub, I’m looking forward to working with Fiona and the Octopus team to enable our customers to drive emissions-free and charge hassle-free.”

Fiona Howarth, CEO Octopus Electric Vehicles, said: “Reliable rapid charging with 100% green energy is critical for mass adoption of electric cars – supporting people without driveways, and those on longer journeys. Octopus is delighted to partner with Osprey Charging, to supply and promote its efficient network at Marston’s restaurants and other great destinations across the country, helping clear up local air pollution and enabling us to move to a zero-carbon transportation.

This is a truly exciting partnership coming first to Welwyn Garden City, demonstrating just how convenient charging your car can be – whether while you eat and relax at an excellent Marston’s pub, or while you shop at say John Lewis or M&S, or even pop to the gym. Why detour for diesel when you can fill your car while you do stuff you love.”

Jon Davies, Waste and Recycling Co-ordinator at Marston’s added: “We continue to work really hard on ensuring Marston’s is a top performing progressive and sustainable hospitality company and this next stage of our Osprey Charging partnership with Octopus is real testament to that. It is a really exciting time to be working alongside two game changers in the EV and renewable energy world and for Marston’s be able to host the Octopus and Osprey Charging event at The Bakehouse is a great step forward to put EV’s at the forefront of people’s minds.”


About Osprey Charging:

Osprey Charging Ltd is an electric vehicle charging network operator specialising in rapid chargers. With a customer-first approach, Osprey Charging provides charging points that are accessible, easy-to-use, require no membership or connection fee and operate a simple contactless payment method. Every charging point is also powered using 100% renewable electricity, forming a major part of Osprey Charging’s commitment to enable a low-carbon transport system and pollutant-free air.

Osprey Charging offer fully funded and fully managed charging solutions for commercial landlords, local authorities, fleets and property developers. Following an initial pilot, Osprey Charging secured significant investment from Investec to expand its operations into a UK-wide network of EV charging points. Its fast-growing team is based in London Victoria.

More information on Osprey Charging can be found at https://ospreycharging.co.uk


About Octopus Energy

Octopus Energy launched to the public in April 2016. It supplies 100% renewable electricity and gas to over 640,000 UK homes and businesses, and is the only Which? Recommended energy supplier for a second year in a row. Founded by technology entrepreneurs, Octopus Energy is redefining what is possible for customers and the system by using technology and data to deliver the best products and experience.  

Octopus Energy is backed by £7bn fund managers, Octopus Capital, which has invested £2 billion in UK renewable generation, and whose Ventures arm has backed UK success stories like Zoopla, LoveFilm, Graze, Secret Escapes and SwiftKey.

Website: https://octopus.energy


About Octopus Electric Vehicles

Octopus Electric Vehicles is a car leasing business, specialising in electric cars – making it easy for individuals and businesses to make the transition to zero-carbon driving.

Launched in 2018, Octopus EV brings together great offers on a handpicked range of the best electric vehicles available – from Nissan, Renault, BMW, Jaguar and Tesla – with everything needed to go with it: chargepoint installations for home and businesses, energy tariffs designed for EV drivers, and a free VIP support service from vehicle selection to each electric journey. Octopus EV also runs events with businesses and communities to enable drivers and decision makers to get behind the wheel for themselves, and think through how electric driving could work for them.

Website: www.octopusev.com


About Marston’s

Marston’s PLC is a leading pub operator and independent brewer operating a vertically integrated business model.

  • It has an estate of 1,545 pubs situated nationally, comprising managed, franchised and leased pubs, as well as 1,551 hotel bedrooms across the Group’s pub and lodge accommodation portfolio.
  • It is the UK’s leading brewer of premium cask and packaged ales, which include Marston’s Pedigree, Wainwright, and Hobgoblin in addition to a portfolio of regional, craft and world beers including Estrella Damm and Warsteiner.
  • Marston’s employs around 14,300 people.

Marston’s Energy Team

Driving the environmental strategy at Marston’s is an omnipresent role handled by Andy Kershaw (head of group facilities and projects), Chris White (energy manager) and Jon Davies (waste and recycling coordinator). Each member brings a new perspective and specialism making the team extremely knowledgeable and proactive in initiating change across the wider company. The broader environmental agenda is brought to life by the team for everyone from Directors to Pubs; meaning the team’s engagement with the wider business ensures they remain realistic about the impact of their ideas/trials.