Two hundred Tesco supermarkets now can offer free charging for electric cars thanks to a partnership between the retailer, Volkswagen and Pod Point.
The supermarket giant’s Chester superstore becomes the 200th store to benefit from the collaboration, which aims to give customers a free top for their electric cars while they’re shopping.
In the 18 months since the scheme was launched, chargers have been used 150,000 times and provided a combined 669 megawatts of power.
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.’
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO for UK and ROI, added: ‘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.’
The scheme is said to be looking at locations that have poor access to chargers, with installations in Barnsley, Wirral and Wellingborough previously having fewer than 10 chargers per 100,000 people.
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