Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point will install 2400 charging bays at 600 stores over the next three years.
Jim Holder
30 November 2018

Volkswagen and Tesco will create what they are describing as the UK’s largest retail network of EV chargers with a commitment to install 2400 charging bays at 600 stores over the next three years.

Both 7kW and 50kW chargers will be available at a selection of Tesco Extra and Superstores and installed by Pod Point, although the split between the charger types has not been revealed.

The standard 7kW chargers will be made available to customers for free, while 50kW chargers will be provided at a cost that is described as “in line with the market rate”.

Volkswagen’s input is motivated by its stated goal of selling one million electric cars a year worldwide by 2025. Order books for the new ID hatchback - a fully electric Golf-sized car - will open in 2019, with the ID Buzz, an MPV, and ID Crozz, an SUV, launching in 2020.

Tesco is the UK’s largest fuel retailer.

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “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.”

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK, added: “We want to be the leading electric vehicle energy provider and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions.”

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30 November 2018
Any chance this word could be banned?

30 November 2018

What sense is there in putting 7kw chargers anywhere now? Especially at a Tesco where unless your insane you wouldn't be for more than an hour.

7kw should be banned apart from at work place or long stay parking. Otherwise they are just trivial virtue signalling. No excuse not to set 22kw chargers as a minimum.

30 November 2018

7kw for free, as it's free it'll be over used if anything. Wife is usually there an hour (sometimes more if she uses their car park and goes into town),  7kw in one hour should get you about 25 miles in LEAF.

I see your point Appentice but it's a start and they can easierly be upgraded once EVs become more popular.  If you're low on juice and see a Tesco sign pull in use the 50kw one and get your lunch. Will prove successful

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

30 November 2018
For now...

30 November 2018
xxxx wrote:

7kw for free, as it's free it'll be over used if anything. Wife is usually there an hour (sometimes more if she uses their car park and goes into town),  7kw in one hour should get you about 25 miles in LEAF.

I see your point Appentice but it's a start and they can easierly be upgraded once EVs become more popular.  If you're low on juice and see a Tesco sign pull in use the 50kw one and get your lunch. Will prove successful

I hear what your saying, but my concern is if they cable for these small chargers, it won't be any incentive to upsize later as it may well need digging up again and laying heavier cables, lets do it right the first time I say.

30 November 2018

The point of being  less than 1hour or plus at Tesco is meaningless. You go there to do your thing, although several stores are at shopping malls were arguably you will stay for longer.

Having said that, 7kW AC is the right move, if you can make use of full 32Amps the better because not all cars can take three phase 32Amps AC. The Leaf and Outlander PHEV definitly not.

Same policies are already found on the Continent, like at Lidl, Aldi and others.

30 November 2018

Most people live within 25 miles of Tesco so with a little bit of planning you'll get back home with more fuel than you started with and it  wouldn't have cost you a penny. Every little helps (Asda next then)

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

30 November 2018

"Volkswagen wholehearted commitment to an electric future".............b*****s, first they screwed us all with the Dieselgate affair that stuffed the whole of the car indusrty & now they try and conn us by selling us a green future!!!!!!

And it won't take long before "Keith" in his Golf GTD parks his car in these electric bays thinking it's VW dedicted parking, & totally making the electric only bays useless!!!!

30 November 2018

This shouldnt be allowed cos its for one manufacturer only - imagine having fuel stations where you could only fuel up one make of car.

XXXX just went POP.

30 November 2018
typos1 wrote:

This shouldnt be allowed cos its for one manufacturer only - imagine having fuel stations where you could only fuel up one make of car.

Why do you think it's for one manufacturer only?


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