Tesco and Volkswagen have teamed up to launch the UK’s largest retail electric vehicle charging network.
The vehicle manufacturer and fuel retailer are committing to installing almost 2,500 charging bays across up to 600 Tesco stores over the next three years.
Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a standard 7kW fast charger for free, or use the rapid 50kW charger at the market rate.
The announcement follows a growing demand for more public charging points - with sales of electric and part-electric vehicles up by more than 20 per cent in the UK this year.
Charging bays will be based in prominent designated spaces at Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks throughout the United Kingdom, and will be installed by the largest independent public charging network operator, Pod Point.
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, said: "This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities.
"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."
The initiative builds on the supermarket's commitment to 100% renewable electricity made in May 2017.
Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, added: "This incredibly exciting partnership with Tesco, powered by Pod Point, underlines the scale and ambition of our 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."
Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, said: "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.
"It is a massive leap forward for the UK and a significant step in our mission to put a Pod Point everywhere you park."
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