Volkswagen and Tesco had plans to roll out electric charging points across 400 stores by the end of 2020. These were delayed by the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, but now, following the easing of lockdown measures, the plans to deliver the UK’s largest retail electric charging network are back on track.
Last week, four EV points were installed at the store in Chester – the 200th Tesco superstore to get charged up.
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 the UK and Ireland, 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.”
How to find your nearest Tesco electric charger
Tesco electric car charging point locations can be found by visiting the Pod Point website.
You’ll find electric charging bays at Tesco Extra and Tesco Superstore sites throughout the UK, the majority of which are free-to-use 7kW fast chargers. Other 22kW and 50kW rapid chargers are ‘priced in line with market rates’.
At the time of writing, the five most recent Tesco stores to get charging points are in Chester, Kettering, Pulborough, Sale and Northwich.
How to use a Tesco electric charging point
To use a Tesco electric charging point, you’ll need to download to the Pod Point smartphone app or use the Pod Point website.
The 7kW fast chargers are available free of charge while you’re shopping.
According to this Volkswagen calculator, if you spend an hour on grocery shopping every week, you’ll receive enough free charge for 1,404 miles a year. That’s the equivalent of travelling from Newcastle to Madrid.