30 Nov 18

UK supermarket giant to install 2,400 free EV chargers in its car parks

One of Britain’s largest supermarket chains, Tesco, has announced plans to install more than 2,400 electric vehicle recharging points across 600 of its stores over the next three years.

The initiative will boost the number of public recharging points in the UK by 14%

The public charging network operator Pod Point will install the chargers, which will be a mix of 7kW fast chargers and 50kW rapid chargers. The fast chargers will be free for Tesco customers to use, whilebut the rapid chargers will incur a cost.

Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, said: “This agreement… is a monumental day for electric vehicle drivers. It is a massive leap forward for the UK and a significant step in our mission to put a Pod Point everywhere you park.”

Volkswagen partners Tesco

Volkswagen has partnered with Tesco to support the programme; the manufacturer’s ID range of battery-powered models arrives in the UK next year.

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said the partnership, “underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK. Working with these partners to provide such an extensive network of EV chargers should leave no one in any doubt about the Volkswagen brand’s wholehearted commitment to an electric future.”

Tesco's electric ambitions

Tesco has already committed to a corporate goal of using 100% renewable energy, and said the charge points would provide its customers with an alternative to fossil fuels.

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & Ireland, said: “We want to be the leading electric vehicle energy provider and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions. Our EV network provides a sustainable choice for our customers and charging while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”

Authored by: Jonathan Manning