Waitrose has announced plans to install 800 electric vehicle (EV) charging points at stores across the UK amid a new tie up with energy giant Shell.
The grocer will install hundreds of Shell Recharge EV charging points at up to 100 stores in the UK by 2025, with the first installation expected early next year.
Each site is expected to have six 22kW and two 50kW rapid charging points, which can give shoppers a near full charge in the time it takes to complete a weekly shop.
The partnership forms part of Shell’s larger plan to install 5000 charge points across UK forecourts by 2025, and represents a major step forward for the company which is working towards net zero carbon emissions through investment in biofuels, carbon capture and EV infrastructure.
The partnership will also see more Shell Select petrol station stores offer Waitrose food, while John Lewis’ click & collect service will also be integrated into 80 new Shell forecourts.
“This is an important partnership for Waitrose and means we can offer even greater convenience to more of our customers,” Waitrose’s executive director James Bailey said.
“We’re also delighted to bring our customers 800 new charging points for electric vehicles, including new rapid charging capabilities, as the UK moves more and more towards a sustainable transport network.”
Shell UK Retail’s general manager Bernadette Williamson added: “This is great news for EV drivers across the UK, knowing they can easily, quickly and reliably charge up at Shell charge points while shopping at Waitrose.
“We want to make EV charging as hassle-free as possible and support our customers wherever they want to charge.”