Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Argos, Next, Aldi and M&S stores across the UK are set to see 17 new rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging stations installed in “massive step in the right direction”.
Engenie, one of the UK’s largest rapid EV charging providers, has partnered with retail landlord Brookhouse Group to install the 17 new charging points across 10 UK locations this month.
Brookhouse, which owns numerous major retail parks including Meteor Shopping Park in Bournemouth and North Quay Retail Park in Lowestoft, says it is visited by more than 18 million vehicles every year.
These parks include major retailers like Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Argos, Next, Aldi and M&S.
The new rapid charging points will be powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, and can provide 80 miles of charge in as little as 30 minutes.
“This partnership between Engenie partners and Brookhouse to deliver rapid EV charging to retail sites such as Sainsbury’s, M&S and Argos is a massive step in the right direction to alleviate range anxiety in would-be EV owners,” carwow.co.uk’s Vix Leyton commented.
“It also demonstrates real commitment to a greener future, and we would love to see charging points in more of the places they are needed.
“Our own research has shown getting stranded is the biggest concern for those yet to make the switch to electric, and as many as 30% of drivers have no idea how far electric cars can travel before they run out of battery.
“Knowing that you can charge your car as part of your day to day shop and seeing progress like this might just be the tipping point some buyers need.
“That said there is still a lot more to be done by the government to truly incentivise a mass move to greener cars in order to meet their ambitious targets; not only should it throw its weight behind the infrastructure, but it should absolutely be looking to provide an upfront reward like the scrappage schemes currently being rolled out in Germany and Spain to really shift the dial.”