Tesco tops list of supermarkets offering charging stations for drivers
Tesco, in partnership with Volkswagen and Pod Point, has installed charging stations in 400 of its stores.
Overall, almost half (45%) of all of its stores – not counting small express sites – are paid.
Morrisons is the second best supermarket for electric vehicle owners, with just over 40% of 497 stores offering customers the option to recharge, while nearly one in five Asda locations (19.71%) provide at least a place to hook up.
However, electric car drivers who shop at Sainsbury’s face a lottery when it comes to recharging their vehicles, with less than one in 10 stores (7.2%) currently providing recharging points for customers.
While Sainsbury’s came out low on the pile, Aldi was only slightly better at 10 percent.
Lidl customers have a slightly higher chance of finding a store with at least one charge point, with a success rate of up to 15%.
The results were revealed in a study of the electric cars site, Electrifying.com.
Ginny Buckley, Founder of Electrifying.com, said: “Kudos to Tesco and Morrisons, who have both invested heavily in providing customers with good charging facilities. We would like every supermarket site to offer this, but we’re not there yet.
“We expected more supermarkets to do better, but it’s always great to see how some of them have recognized that providing shoppers with reliable charging for cars isn’t just good for business,” but will also help give the nation the confidence to make the change.
“With electric cars growing in popularity and the government’s ambitious goals to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, it is crucial to provide charging infrastructure in convenient locations to encourage drivers to switch to electricity sooner, especially the large number that do not have access to it. off-street parking. “
A recent survey of Electrifying.com, the Department of Transportation and the AA, found that nearly three-quarters (72%) of drivers would be more likely to consider purchasing an electric car if there were more possibilities to charge at the supermarket.
In addition to having the highest percentage of stores with at least one charging point, Tesco is also top rated for the average number of charging points per store, with 1.87 chargers per supermarket site.
At Tesco, customers get free charging of 7kW and 22kW, while fast charging is market-priced.
Louise Goodland, Head of Retail Partnerships at Tesco, said: “We want to make the switch to electric vehicles easier and we are delighted to be recognized as the best supermarket for electric vehicle drivers in the UK.
“The transition to electric vehicles will play a crucial role in reducing the amount of carbon emissions we produce as a nation.
“We are partnering with Volkswagen and Pod Point to provide customers with charging points to give them a sustainable choice and giving them the ability to charge their cars for free while they shop is a little push to make that easier.
“So far, we have delivered over 23 million miles of free green fees to drivers and we continue to deploy electric vehicle chargers at 600 Tesco stores across the UK.”
Responding to the findings, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We have ambitious plans for our next generation of charging stations. We want to offer charging stations in more places and create a better customer experience.
While a spokesperson for Lidl GB said: “We understand the important role we play in helping our customers lead more sustainable lives. As such, we are proud to offer fast charging points for electric vehicles in 130 of our stores across Great Britain.
“By 2022, we are targeting more than 350 stores with fast-charging stations, which means that customers will have access to more than a third of our locations.
“We are the cheapest supermarket supplier for fast as-you-go charging, and in 2020 our chargers were the most used across our partner’s entire network. “
Waitrose also plans to improve his score. It is set to expand its partnership with Shell and deploy 800 new charging points at 100 Waitrose locations across the UK by 2025.
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