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March 24th, 2020

EV charging for taxis supporting NHS Heroes initiative on ride-hailing apps FREE NOW and Gett during COVID-19 pandemic

BP Chargemaster is providing support to electric taxis using the FREE NOW and Gett apps who are transporting NHS workers during the current crisis.

UK taxi and black cab apps, FREE NOW and Gett, have created a special booking option – NHS Heroes – for health workers’ use. The ride-hailing apps are offering a reduced fare for NHS workers, allowing them to get to hospitals quickly and at lower cost. BP Chargemaster is supporting these important initiatives by providing charging credit for drivers of electric taxis participating in the schemes.

FREE NOW drivers are offering reduced rates under their NHS Heroes scheme in London, which equates to 50% off the lowest tariff. Gett drivers are offering £10 rides for their NHS Heroes scheme in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Reading, as well as in London zones 1-3.

To support these NHS Heroes initiatives, BP Chargemaster is offering £30 credit to each participating driver through the two apps. In total, this support could add the equivalent credit of over 1 million miles of black cab journeys* across qualifying taxi driver accounts.

The taxi drivers can redeem this credit against electricity costs on their Polar Plus account, enabling them cheaper access to more than 7,000 public charging points across the UK. This offer is applicable for new and current Polar Plus account holders.

 

Please see below for more information on how to redeem.

I am an existing Polar Plus member
  1. Login to your Polar Plus account on the Polar Network website
  2. Go to the ‘Enter your unique partner offer code here’ section
  3. Enter the code you have received from your ride hail or taxi company provider

£30 credit will be added to your account and will be automatically used towards your next invoice(s).

 

I don’t have a Polar Plus account
  1. Join Polar Plus by visiting https://polar-network.com/sign-up/ and fill out your information
  2. Fill in your direct debit details – all members must include a direct debit to complete registration, even if you are activating the £30 credit offer
  3. Once sign up is complete, login to your Polar Plus account on the Polar Network website
  4. Go to the ‘Enter your unique partner offer code here’ section
  5. Enter the code you have received from your ride hail or taxi company provider

£30 credit will be added to your account and will be automatically used towards your next invoice(s). Your Polar Plus RFID card will be sent out to you within 5 working days, but if you need to charge in the meantime, please call our customer services team on 0330 016 5126 to start a remote charge.

 

Terms and conditions

  • This credit can only be redeemed with an eligible code
  • This credit is only available for taxi drivers using the NHS Heroes option or equivalent
  • 1 X £30 credit per driver is redeemable

 

* * Energy calculations are based on £30 at £0.15/kWhr implies 200 kWhr. Based on the average utilisation of a Nissan leaf. Assumption that 0.265 kWhr/mi WLTP efficiency. 200kWhr/0.265 kWhr/miles implies 741 miles, which at 5 miles per journey gives 148 journeys. For LEVC vehicles, battery assumes 31 kWhr, and WLTP range 81 miles, suggesting efficiency of 0.38 kWhr/mi giving 105 journeys at average journey length of 5 miles

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