Tesco partners with Volkswagen to provide free electric vehicle charging points

The British groceries retailer, Tesco, has partnered with the German automaker, Volkswagen, to introduce free charging points for electric vehicles (EVs).

The supermarket chain aims to install 2,400 bays across 600 of its stores – in its Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks – by 2021.

“This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities,” stated Jason Tarry, CEO of UK & ROI at Tesco.

“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.”

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The charging stations will be installed by Pod Point, the London-headquartered charging infrastructure firm.

“This incredibly exciting partnership underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK,” noted Geraldine Ingham, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen 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.”

“This agreement represents a 14% increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and is a monumental day for electric vehicle drivers,” said Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point.

“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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