One of the biggest issues around electric vehicles has been around infrastructure and the need to increase the amount of charging stations available. Tesco’s is set to help solve this issue with a new partnership powered by Pod Point.
Over the next three years, 2,400 EV charging bays will be rolled out across 600 Tesco stores across the UK. The Pod Points will be based predominantly within the car parks of both Tesco Extra and Superstores.
Customers with EV vehicles like the e-Golf and e-Up, for example, will be able to choose from using a 7kW fast charger for free or alternatively use a rapid 50kW charger for a small cost.
2019 is a big year for Volkswagen in the electric vehicles arena with the ID range starting to roll out along with various model being converted to the electric option. It’s the first step in VW’s pledge to sell one million electric cars a year by 2025. In order to keep all those cars running, infrastructure will be just as important as the innovative cars themselves.
Geraldine Ingham, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK, said
“This incredibly exciting partnership with Tesco, powered by Pod Point, underlines the scale and ambition of our own electric car programme in the UK
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”
With the Volkswagen electric vehicles range increasing yearly, the need for access to EV networks will become increasingly important to its customers. Improved access being offered by one of the UK’s largest supermarkets will certainly make existing EV owners happier at having more options. The new partnership will also help ensure that previous concerns for potential EV customers such as the driving range and charging facilities will no longer be a concern.
Jason Tarry, Tesco’s CEO for the UK and Republic of Ireland, adds:
“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.”
If you want to have a look at some of Volkswagens plans for electric vehicles in 2019, including the I.D. Buzz concept, have a look at our blog on electric cars.
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