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

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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Peter Cavellini 30 November 2018

A start.....?

 Judging by some of the retorts, yes they retorts, cynicism is rife, got to start putting in more charge points, if there capacity available put in bigger chargers, as for stores putting up prices, well, they’ve being going up since the Banks crashed about a decade ago.

405line 30 November 2018

Electrical substation nearby or meltdown

As I've said before the only place you are going to get 50kw chargers upwards are at industrial locations with a nice fat juicy substation transformer or a high power cable nearby. Is this article suggesting that people will be able to use the 7 kw chargers for free? to me it sounds like the "diesel is cleaner than petrol" nonsense in order to get "ordinary folk" to adopt, then after 2-3 years the charges will creep in, if you trust in VAGs integrity then that's up to you.

Bob Cat Brian 30 November 2018

405line wrote:

405line wrote:

As I've said before the only place you are going to get 50kw chargers upwards are at industrial locations with a nice fat juicy substation transformer or a high power cable nearby.

Having spent a lot of time in Tesco HV rooms, the big stores often DO have their own HV transformer, normally with LV panels rated at 1600A 3ph, with lots of spare capacity available for a few 50kW chargers

Bob Cat Brian 30 November 2018

Bob Cat Brian wrote:

Bob Cat Brian wrote:

405line wrote:

As I've said before the only place you are going to get 50kw chargers upwards are at industrial locations with a nice fat juicy substation transformer or a high power cable nearby.

Having spent a lot of time in Tesco HV rooms, the big stores often DO have their own HV transformer, normally with LV panels rated at 1600A 3ph, with lots of spare capacity available for a few 50kW chargers

Sorry, mixed my units there, 1600A 3ph = very approx 2000kWh

405line 30 November 2018

@What

Voltage...Thanks

xxxx 30 November 2018

@405line

" high power cable nearby" like the one supplying the power for the supermarket possibly?

Cobnapint 30 November 2018

There's no such thing as a free kWh

In store prices will surely get loaded in some way.