Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point to roll out 2,400 EV chargers

By 2020, there will be 2,400 charging bays at 600 Tesco stores in what will be the UK’s largest retail network of EV chargers

VW Tesco Charging

Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point are rolling out 2,400 electric vehicle (EV) charging bays to create what will be the UK’s largest retail network of EV chargers.

By 2020, 600 Tesco Extra stores and Tesco Superstores across the country will offer fast or rapid charging, with Pod Point installing 7kW and 50kW EV chargers.

• Electric car charging in the UK

Customers will be able to charge their EVs for free at the 7kW fast chargers or use the 50kW rapid chargers in exchange for a fee that VW describes as “a small cost in line with the market rate”.

The charging bays will be open to EVs of all brands, but will feature VW branding as well as LCD screens that will display advertisements for a variety of companies, including the German manufacturer. 

VW says the network will help it deliver on its pledge to “become a leading player in e-mobility” and sell one million electric cars a year worldwide by 2025.

Meanwhile, Tesco hopes the scheme will enable it to build on the commitment it made last year to run on 100 per cent renewable energy.

VW currently offers two electric cars – the e-Golf and e-up!. The German brand will start launching its I.D. family of EVs next year when order books open for the I.D. hatch – a fully electric Golf-sized model to be followed from 2020 with the I.D. Buzz and I.D. Crozz

Pod Point CEO Eric Fairbairn said the agreement “represents a 14 per cent increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK”. 

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said the partnership “underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK” and “should leave no one in any doubt about the Volkswagen brand’s wholehearted commitment to an electric future”.

CEO of Tesco UK and ROI (Republic of Ireland) Jason Tarry said the scheme should help the supermarket chain wants to “to be the leading electric vehicle energy provider and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions”.

What are your thoughts on this new charging point partnership? Let us know in the comments below...

Recommended

2021 Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV spied during winter testing
Volkswagen

2021 Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV spied during winter testing

Upcoming seven-seat Volkswagen ID.6 electric SUV has been snapped again, this time tackling some hill routes in the frozen North
18 Dec 2020
“A Tesla merger? How about one with Volkswagen?”
Tesla

“A Tesla merger? How about one with Volkswagen?”

With Elon Musk saying if a merger with another firm were on the cards he “would have this conversation”, and Volkswagen streamlining its operations, c…
2 Dec 2020
New Volkswagen ID.1 electric supermini due for launch in 2023
VW ID. Polo - front (watermarked)
Volkswagen

New Volkswagen ID.1 electric supermini due for launch in 2023

All-electric Volkswagen ID.1 will rival the Peugeot e-208 and Vauxhall Corsa-e when it goes on sale
30 Nov 2020
Entire Volkswagen line-up updated for 2021
News

Entire Volkswagen line-up updated for 2021

Volkswagen has revised its complete range of vehicles for 2021, adding new engines, fresh tech and its latest MIB3 infotainment system
11 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed
Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept
News

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed

All-electric campervan features a built-in kitchen, a folding bed and a power pack that can be recharged using a roof-mounted solar panel
21 Jan 2021
Best electric cars to buy 2021
Electric cars

Best electric cars to buy 2021

There are more electric cars than ever to choose from, so we've picked some of the best you can buy in the UK now
4 Jan 2021
Best car headlight bulbs 2021
Best car headlight bulbs - header
Product group tests

Best car headlight bulbs 2021

We shine a light on the best halogen headlight bulbs to fit to your car
19 Jan 2021