Tesco to roll out fully electric fleet by 2028 after partnering with EO

Tesco has announced that EO Charging has won the contract to power Tesco’s electric vehicle (EV) fleet of electric vans.

The grocer plans to roll out the fully electric fleet by the end of 2028, after releasing 30 this year with plans for a further 150 by next year.

The first phase of the partnership with EO will mean that the company will supply over 200 AC fast chargers and five DC rapid chargers across five sites.

The charging depots in Lakeside Oxford, Glasgow (two sites) and Enfield will serve day-to-day charging requirements as well as emergency cover in case of short turn-around times.

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EO’s charging solutions are already used by Amazon, DHL, Go-Ahead and Uber.

The partnership with Tesco will also mean that EO provide upfront consultation for charging hardware, 24/7 support, maintenance and onsite Service Level Agreement (SLA) for mission critical charging infrastructure.

The grocer’s charging infrastructure will be managed by EO Cloud which will handle depot software, charge scheduling, site load management, vehicle telematics integration and energy data to reduce infrastructure installation costs and optimize fuel cost per vehicle.

The news comes as Tesco was recently named the UK’s top supermarket chain for electric vehicle (EV) charging capabilities according to a report last week.

The UK’s leading grocer was found to offer EV charging points at almost half of all its supermarkets, while rival Sainsbury’s had chargers at less than 10 per cent of its stores.

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