Customers can charge their electric cars using a standard 7kW fast charger for free or use a 50kW charger for a small cost
Volkswagen and Tesco have partnered to roll out the largest retail network of electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the UK. The charging network will comprise of 2,400 EV charging bays to be deployed at 600 Tesco stores within the next three years.
The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks throughout the UK and will be installed by UK-based independent public charging network operator, Pod Point. Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a standard 7kW fast charger for free or benefit from the use of a rapid 50 kW charger for a small cost in line with the market rate.
According to Volkswagen, the initiative underlines its commitment to becoming a leading player in e-mobility and deliver on its pledge to sell one million electric cars a year worldwide by 2025.
Meanwhile, Tesco said it wants to offer customers and local communities an alternative to fossil fuels, and also play its part in supporting the transition to a low-carbon, clean air UK. This builds on its commitment to 100 per cent renewable electricity made in May 2017.
“This incredibly exciting partnership with Tesco, powered by Pod Point, underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK,” said Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK.
“This agreement represents a 14 per cent increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and is a monumental day for electric vehicle drivers”
“Working with these partners to provide such an extensive network of EV chargers should leave no one in any doubt about the Volkswagen brand’s wholehearted commitment to an electric future.”
“This agreement represents a 14 per cent increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and is a monumental day for electric vehicle drivers,” continued Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point. It is a massive leap forward for the UK and a significant step in our mission to put a Pod Point everywhere you park.”
“This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities,” added Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI.
“We want to be the leading electric vehicle energy provider and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions. Our EV network provides a sustainable choice for our customers and charging while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”
Volkswagen Group also announced that the ID. family of all-electric models, based on its new MEB electric platform, will be introduced to the UK market next year as order books open for the ID. hatch – a fully electric Golf-sized model that will be followed from 2020 by production versions of the ID. Buzz (MPV) and ID. Crozz (SUV) concept cars.
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