New charging points have been installed at 100 Tesco supermarkets.
Hundreds of electric vehicle owners can enjoy free charging while they shop as a result of a tie-up between supermarket Tesco, Pod Point, and Volkswagen.
New 7kW points EV charging points have already been installed at 100 Tesco stores, with more on the way. As many as 2,400 new charging points at 600 Tesco stores across the UK are planned.
The charging points provide 22.5 miles of free charging over a 50-minute period and the electricity provided by the charging points is completely green, having come from entirely renewable sources.
The sales of all-electric vehicles have already increased by 125% this year according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). A recent survey by Volkswagen also revealed that 41% (of the 2,000 people surveyed) are considering going down the EV route for their next vehicle, with that figure rising to 61% among the 25-34 age group.
The same survey also revealed that 80% of Brits think free charging points are a good thing.
“With the rollout now under way, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network,” said Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO of Pod Point.
“Providing smart, easy-to-use charge points at this scale is likely to accelerate the transition to electric cars up and down the country.
“Being able to top up while you shop at so many locations makes it more convenient to go electric than ever before.”