Tesco has installed free-to-use electric vehicle (EV) charging points at 100 of its supermarkets across the UK.
Volkswagen and Pod Point partnered with the UK’s largest grocer last year embarking on an initiative which aims to install 2400 free charging points in Tesco car parks.
According to Pod Point these charging points were used 12,000 times throughout November, providing customers with nearly 60,000 kWh of free energy.
Research from Volkswagen suggests that the average shopper spends 50 minutes a week in the supermarket, in which time they could get the equivalent of 22.5 free miles of charge, or 1170 miles over a year.
“We’re now well on our way to achieving our ambition of installing more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores,” Tesco’s chief executive Jason Tarry said.
“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 another little help to make their lives easier.”
Pod Point’s founder and chief executive Erik Fairbairn added: “With the rollout now under way, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network.
“Providing smart, easy-to-use chargepoints 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.”