Lidl is set to install rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points at over a third of its UK store network over the next three years.
All of Lidl’s new store, totalling more than 300 locations, will be equipped with rapid EV charging points by 2020 as the discounter invests over £25 million in the technology.
A number of existing stores which are able to accommodate the charging points will also be retrofitted as part of the initiative, building on the 40 locations where they’re currently installed in the UK.
Pod Point will operate the new charging stations, which are able to charge a vehicle by 80 per cent in around 50 minutes and can be operated by the company’s Open Charge mobile app.
Promising to undercut its rivals, Lidl says charging will cost just 23p per kWh, meaning it would cost £23 to fully charge a Tesla Model S 100D.
“At Lidl, we are committed to tackling the environmental concerns that our customers care most about, whilst giving them access to solutions that will support them in their ambition to lead more sustainable lives,” Lidl’s chief development officer Ingo Fischer said.
“Not only will our customers be able to charge their electric cars in 50 mins – less time than it takes to do a big shop – they will be able to do it for the best price on the market. It is our hope that, through this significant investment, we will enable easier access to charging points, ultimately helping more households switch to electric vehicles.”
This comes just a week after Morrisons unveiled its first 50 rapid charging points at its locations across the country, while planning to roll out a further 50.