The UK’s biggest free retail electric car charging network has reached 500,000 charges, equivalent to more than 10 MILLION miles of carbon-neutral driving.As part of its commitment to developing electric car charging infrastructure, Tesco is building free charging points at 600 supermarkets across the UK in collaboration with Volkswagen and Pod Point.
The partnership has now provided its 500,000th free top-up – and during this period three million kWh of free, carbon neutral electricity has been given out.This is sufficient power for driving a new Volkswagen ID.4 SUV all electric for around 10.4 million miles.
The scheme has reduced carbon emissions by approximately 2 2120 tons based on an average of new petrol and diesel vehicles sold in the UK – the same as over 2770 acres of forests manages in a year.”As we accelerate towards a safer and greener transport future, it’s brilliant to see one of Britain’s most famous household names leading the way with electric vehicle chargepoints,” said Transport Secretary and EV owner Grant Shapps.”In the time it takes to pick up the groceries, drivers up and down the country can now quickly and easily charge their cars and with £2.5bn of government support to encourage their take-up, there has never been a better time to switch to an EV.”
The Tesco Extra in Slough has been the busiest supermarket for free charging – with the sockets used more than 10,000 times.
The supermarkets in Stourbridge, Crawley, Altrincham and Bromley finished in the top five in front of Tesco.
The remainder of the top 10 are the Watford, Orpington, Havant and Lichfield supermarkets of the Tesco supermarkets.
Volkswagen Director Andrew Savvas said: “These two brands of Electric car owners have come up with free renewables while they are doing their grocery shop, as our partnership with Tesco and Pod Point emphasizes our commitment to neutrally carbon-free mobility.
“We have committed to carbon emission reduction throughout our operations and we aim to be carbon neutral throughout the UK 2035,” stated Tony Hoggett, chief operating director at Tesco.
“As part of this we want to encourage our customers to play their part with the rollout of free-to-use EV chargers to 600 of our 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.”The two-year partnership was established to improve the charging infrastructure as the United Kingdom is preparing for electricity.In 2020, 108 205 battery electric vehicles were registered in the UK, up from 185 percent from 2019, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
They can use the 7 kW loaders and 22kW quick loaders free of charge, and 50 kW quick loaders for market rates.Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point Founder and CEO, added: “Reaching the 500,000 charges milestone is testament to the growing appetite for EVs as well as the ease and convenience of the charging experience.
“The partnership is making great strides towards our goal of delivering the nation’s largest retail EV charging network – one that is reliable, accessible, secure and free making it even easier for drivers to choose electric and accelerate adoption.
“We look forward to powering up even more local areas as we continue our roll out.”