Tesco And Volkswagen Announce Partnership To Provide UK’s Largest Electric Vehicle Charging Point
By Sofy Robertson
Tesco and Volkswagen have announced the development of the largest UK retail Electric Vehicle charging network, powered by Pod Point.
The UK’s leading fuel retailer and the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer plan to provide over 2400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores within the next three years. Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a normal 7kW charger for free or pay a small cost in-line with market rate to use a ‘rapid’ 50kW charger. The charging bays will be installed by Pod Point and will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks.
Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, said:
“This agreement represents a 14% increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and 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.” (Tesco)
The supermarket wants to offer customers an alternative to fossil fuels as well as play its part in supporting the transition to low-carbon, clean air in the UK. This plan builds on Tesco’s commitment to 100% renewable energy made in May 2017.
Tesco CEO for UK and ROI, Jason Tarry, said:
“This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities. 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.”
The Minister for Electric Vehicles at the Department for Transport, Jesse Norman, said:
“The Government is committed to making the UK the best place in the world to build and own an electric vehicle. For that we need high quality infrastructure in place to support ultra-low emission vehicles around the country. The Government set out plans in its Road to Zero strategy to deliver a significant increase in this infrastructure and we welcome Tesco’s pledge to roll out over 2,400 new charge bays across their stores.”
Volkswagen expressed their excitement at the partnership, with Head of Marketing Geraldine Ingham saying:
“This incredibly exciting 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.”