Full speed ahead for AGL’s Electric Vehicle Subscription

Public opinion around electric vehicles (EVs) has shifted up a gear as technological advances and innovative products from various industries help steer the way for an electrified motor transport revolution.

AGL Energy is one of these companies helping bridge the gap between consumers and electric cars, offering a ground-breaking service where Aussies can get behind the wheel of an EV for a fixed weekly cost.

The AGL Electric Vehicle Subscription is a first-of-its-kind package for motorists keen to reduce their carbon footprint, while also driving a car that’s potentially cheaper to run and maintain. This offering also allows AGL to facilitate the benefits of owning an electric car without the high upfront entry costs often associated with EV ownership.

Aptly launched last year on World EV Day, signing up to AGL’s EV Subscription will not only give customers a car, but also a charger, insurance, registration, roadside assist as well as maintenance and flexibility to swap or upgrade vehicles down the track.

This could explain why it took out Canstar Blue’s Energy Innovation Excellence Award in 2021, which compared a range of submissions from electricity retailers and institutions.

Q&A with AGL about the EV Subscription service

John Chambers AGL profile

To get a better understanding of this innovative product and where the company is headed, Canstar Blue spoke to John Chambers, Executive General Manager Future Business and Technology, AGL. Mr Chambers discussed what makes this subscription service so unique and why Aussie EV enthusiasts should take notice of AGL’s future endeavours.

What are the advantages of the service and what makes AGL’s EV Subscription different?

“AGL’s EV Subscription Service is an innovative and flexible service to help our customers drive towards a cleaner future, without the commitment of owning a car. Launched in September 2020 in partnership with car subscription service Carbar and EV charging supplier JET Charge, this was the first time an EV subscription service with these features was offered in Australia. Our bundling of the charger including installation is a unique feature that has not been offered elsewhere in the Australian market as we look to use the best technologies to provide our customers with choice and flexibility.”

How important are EVs in line with AGL’s Future Business and Technology strategy?

“We believe that Australia’s energy future will be affordable and smart – delivered from renewable sources that are backed by flexible energy storage technologies which come together to power our homes, businesses and vehicles. AGL was the first Australian signatory to EV100, committing to making our own corporate fleet entirely by 2030. AGL is playing a leading role in making EVs more accessible and affordable for customers and we anticipate that by 2030 half of all new cars sold could be electric.”

What kind of interest have you received since launching?

“Since launching last year, AGL’s service is now active in three cities: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. 2021 has been all about growth as we increase our activities and locations to get the product in front of more customers. With the introduction of longer terms, we have listened to our customers and adapted elements of our service to provide more flexibility. We found in many instances those who were on a month-to-month or the short-term monthly subscription option were more than happy to shift to a longer term 12-month fixed option and receive the competitive price benefits that our longer-term options provide.”

Is there a specific type of customer most attracted to AGL’s EV Subscription?

“It’s been a healthy mix of customers so far; however, we have seen the 50 plus age group show a little more interest to date. That being said it’s more of a behavioural trend of current generations that have gravitated towards to the AGL EV Subscription.”

What kind of vehicles are available in your range?

“Nissan Leaf, Hyundai Ioniq, MG eZS, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Hyundai Kona, Tesla Model 3 and the Kia Niro (launching in June).”

What are the different fixed term and month-to-month price options on offer?

Below are the prices for each type of EV on a particular plan. Be sure to check out the fine print before signing up.

Electric Vehicle Month to month weekly cost 3 month weekly cost 6 month weekly cost 12 month weekly cost
Ioniq, Leaf and MG eZS $289 $275 $260 $235
Outlander PHEV $319 $305 $290 $270
Kona $349 $335 $320 $300
Tesla Model 3 $489 $470 $450 $420

Accurate as of May 2021.

Keep in mind there are early termination fees for each plan tier with the exception of the monthly subscription which is a no lock-in contract. For more information about AGL’s Electric Vehicle Subscription conditions and charges, please visit: https://hubs.ly/H0NKmyr0

Does AGL offer electricity plans for EV owners?

Yes, AGL offers specific energy plans for EV owners in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. At the time of publication, customers on these deals will receive up to $240 in bill credits over 12 months. Energy rates are locked in for two years in NSW, QLD and SA, while rates are fixed for one year in VIC. Click on your state below to see relevant pricing.

Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the Energex network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here is AGL’s Electric Vehicle Plan on our database that includes a link to the retailer’s website for further details. This is a product from a referral partner†. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

What we like about AGL’s Electric Vehicle Subscription

Canstar Blue Innovation Excellence Award 2021

Canstar Blue Group Manager of Research & Ratings, Mitch Watson, said AGL has delivered a market-disrupting service that’s a first of its kind in Australia, offering prospective customers an exhaustive list of features that saw it outshine various submissions from its competitors.

“This is another demonstration of innovation from AGL in how they are supporting Australians who are seeking to transition to electric vehicles or manage their household’s carbon footprint,” he said.

“It increases the accessibility of electric vehicles to Australians through a low-cost entry point with no long-term obligations. For those sitting on the fence and are undecided on whether an electric vehicle is for them, it is an avenue to trial the vehicle before purchasing one of their own, to see how it performs as well as whether it matches their lifestyle.”

John Chambers added that recognition as an innovator demonstrates AGL’s dedication to the EV space.

“It’s exciting to be recognised by Canstar Blue for this achievement and it’s a testament to the commitment and investment of AGL Next – our home of innovation where our experts and industry partners test drive these types of services.”


Image credits: Oasishifi/Shutterstock.com, AGL Energy

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