Tesco has installed its 200th electric vehicle charger at its Chester supermarket and is now reported to be the UK’s largest free retail charging network for electric vehicles.
The installations is a result of a partnership between Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point..
Over the past 18 months, the charging points across the UK have been used 150,000 times by EV owners of all brands – providing their batteries with 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.
“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 rollout is rapidly expanding the UK public charging network and is tackling a number of locations with limited charging facilities (less than 10 chargers per 100,000) such as in Barnsley, Wirral and Wellingborough as well as previous ‘notspots’ – areas without a single public place to charge – such as Barrow-in-Furness, which now has two public charging points located at the town’s Tesco Extra store.
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK 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 a little help to make this easier.”
Volkswagen has transformed its production facility in Zwickau into Europe’s largest electric vehicle factory, capable of rolling out 330,000 models per year.
It is currently producing the ID.3, which is the first vehicle to be based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric toolkit (MEB).
The platform was developed specifically for electric cars and will spawn a whole family of ID. models.
The ID.3 1ST Edition will arrive in the UK in September.
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