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Huge savings on offer with Origin’s new EV charging deal

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Australians can now charge their Tesla for less than the price of a cup of coffee, thanks to Origin Energy’s new EV Power Up deal.

If you’re an Origin customer who drives a Tesla Model 3 and Model Y, you will be able to fully charge your car at home for less than $5, offering savings of up to $425 annually. The Power Up deal offers customers a tailor-made charging rate off 8c/kWh, which is significantly lower than standard electricity rates.

Once you’ve signed up to Origin EV Power Up and linked your Tesla electric vehicle (EV) in the Origin app, accessing the 8c/kWh EV-exclusive rate is as easy as setting a time you need your EV charging to be completed by and plugging in your car to charge.

The Origin app also allows you to track charging progress in real time and see how much money you’re saving on charging per week.

While the deal aims to avoid peak demand times from 5pm to 9pm and only charge your EV when the 8c/kWh rate is available, you’ll still be able to override the scheduled charge time and start charging immediately at your standard electricity rate.

The Power Up deal is yet another incentive for car owners looking to save.

The Electric Vehicle Council says an EV travelling 12,000km each year costs about $500 to charge (when using grid electricity). In comparison, those using Origin’s Power Up deal will pay as little as $122 per year to charge their car.

It’s even better news for those considering switching from a petrol car to an EV. The average Australian spends about $2,500 per year on petrol, meaning those who switch to an EV on the Power Up deal could save more than $1,800 annually.

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Here are some sponsored deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. These costs are based on the Ausgrid energy network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3911kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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 are some sponsored deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from referral partners†. 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 and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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 are some sponsored deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from our referral partners†. 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 4613kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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 are some sponsored deals from the retailers on our database that include a link to the retailer’s website for further details. These are products from our referral partners†. 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 4011kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area and to see other products in our database that may be available. 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.

Origin Energy app: What you need to know

The Origin Energy app is designed for customers who want to keep track of their electricity and gas usage, pay bills, review consumption history, and manage account details from their mobile devices. It’s also a requirement for those who want to access the EV Power Up deal.

Key Functions of the Origin Energy App

    • Monitor energy usage: Customers can view their energy usage per kilowatt-hour (kWh) or megajoule (MJ). This feature provides insights into daily usage patterns, although it requires a smart meter for real-time data.
    • Secure bill payments: Users can make payments securely using a debit or credit card directly through the app.
    • Billing and alerts: The app allows customers to view past bills, including usage and supply charges, and set alerts for upcoming due dates.
    • Account management: Managing account details is simple and convenient.
    • Instant messaging: An instant messaging service connects customers with energy experts for any queries or support needed.
    • Track EV charging: Monitor your car battery’s charging progress in real time and view weekly savings.

Having the Origin Energy app on your smartphone gives you unlimited access to energy usage insights and account management tools that are typically only available through the My Account portal. This can save you time and effort, making it easier to stay on top of your household energy consumption.

With features designed to enhance control and convenience, the Origin Energy app is a valuable tool for anyone looking to streamline their energy management.

By offering the EV Power Up deal and a comprehensive app, Origin Energy is making it easier and more cost-effective for Australians to manage their energy needs, whether they drive an electric vehicle or just want to monitor their household energy usage more effectively.

Christine Seib
Editor-in-Chief
Christine's three decades of experience as an award-winning journalist and editor, including at The Times, CNBC and The Australian, has prepared her to deliver the best digital tools and information to Australians who want to purchase products and services more easily and with greater confidence.

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