Tesco, Volkswagen Partner to Provide Largest Retail Electric Vehicle Charging Network in the UK

Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco and German car maker Volkswagen said Friday they have teamed up to develop an electric vehicle charging network in the UK.

Volkswagen will roll out over 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores within the next three years. The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks and will be installed by Pod Point which has installed over 2,500 publicly available charge bays at locations including retailers, service stations and transport hubs.

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Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a normal 7kW charger for free or a ‘rapid’ 50 kW charger for a small cost in line with market rate, said Tesco.

“This agreement represents a 14% increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and is a monumental day for electric vehicle drivers,” said Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point.