Tesco electric charging

The nationwide rollout of EV chargers at Tesco sites has reached the 200th store milestone following the installation of four free-to-use 7kW charging bays at the Tesco Superstore in Chester.

The retailer partnered with EV charging company Pod Point and Volkswagen in November 2018 and announced plans to install 2,400 charging points across 600 stores in the UK.

The Tesco Chester install marks the 402nd charging point installed to date as part of the rollout. At least two charging points (equivalent to four charging bays) are installed per store location. They enable EV drivers to top up their battery for free while they shop.

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & 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.

“The 200th store is a landmark moment as we get back up and running with this programme after the Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to delay our plans.

“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 a little help to make this easier.”

Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO of Pod Point, commentewd: “Our partnership with Tesco and Volkswagen is making it easier for drivers to go electric and will help speed up the transition to EVs. Vehicle electrification is one of the most powerful ways to stop travel damaging the earth.”

Sarah Cox, head of marketing for Volkswagen UK, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve reached another milestone in our partnership with Tesco and Pod Point, there are now 200 stores with chargers that drivers of any electric vehicle can use for free.

“As the partnership continues, and more stores roll out new chargers, we are really proud to be breaking down barriers to EV ownership and demonstrating to people that living with an EV is easy.”

The partnership claims to be on track to install chargers at a further 200 stores by the end of the year.