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UK grocery chain Tesco installs free public chargers at 500 sites

Charger manufacturer and public charging provider Pod Point, in partnership with Volkswagen and UK grocery chain Tesco, plans to install free charging points at 600 supermarkets around the UK.

Pod Point’s network, which the company says uses only renewable energy, now includes 1,000 chargers at 500 Tesco supermarkets in the UK. 100 of these are 50 kW DC rapid chargers, which currently offer charging at a price of 28 pence per kWh (37 US cents). There are also 7 kW and 22 kW AC chargers, which are free to use.

“Pod Point’s mission is to put an EV charge point everywhere you park,” said Pod Point founder and CEO Erik Fairbairn.

“The network is helping customers visiting Tesco who need to save time and charge while they shop,” said Jason Tarry, CEO at Tesco UK. “This latest milestone highlights the commitment across the business to our goal of carbon neutrality in the UK by 2035.”

“These chargers aren’t just for Volkswagens, and can be used by any electric car brand,” said Sarah Cox, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK. “Drivers from over 220 models from almost 40 different brands have already benefited from free, green top-ups while shopping at Tesco.”

Source: Pod Point

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