Electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now enjoy complimentary car charging at 100 Tesco stores across the UK. This is thanks to the partnership between the UK’s largest grocer, Volkswagen and Pod Point, that was announced last year. The trio committed to an initiative which aims to install 2,400 free to use EV charge points at Tesco stores across the UK.
Newly released research, conducted by Volkswagen, revealed that the average British shopper spends 50 minutes per week in a supermarket. Based on these figures, electric car drivers who visit Tesco could get the equivalent of 1,170 miles a year free while shopping. Additionally, all of the electricity used to charge electric cars at Tesco comes from renewable sources.
Head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, Geraldine Ingham, said: “This fantastic partnership with Tesco and Pod Point makes choosing an electric car even more attractive, allowing people to charge for free, all while going about their daily business.”
“And the best bit is that this is not just for Volkswagens – the chargers are designed for any electric car owner to take advantage of.”
“We are really pleased to help break down any remaining barriers to opting for an electric car.”
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK and ROI, said “We’re now well on our way to achieving our ambition of installing more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores.”
“Providing customers with charging points offers them a sustainable choice and giving them the opportunity to charge their car for free while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”
Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO of Pod Point, said: “With the rollout now under way, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network.”
“Providing smart, easy-to-use chargepoints at this scale is likely to accelerate the transition to electric cars up and down the country. Being able to top up while you shop at so many locations makes it more convenient to go electric than ever before.”
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