Free EV charging now available at 100 Tesco stores

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    Complimentary car charging is now available at 100 Tesco stores across the UK, giving drivers more than 1,000 miles of free driving per year.

    Announced a year ago, the partnership between the supermarket, Volkswagen and Pod Point will see around 2,400 charging points installed in total, offering customers free charging using a standard 7kW fast charger or access to a 50kW rapid charger “for a small cost in line with the market rate”.

    With newly released research from Volkswagen revealing the average Brit spends 50 minutes per week in a supermarket, drivers making use of the complimentary charging facilities could effectively get 1,170 miles a year free while shopping.

    In addition, all electricity used to charge cars at Tesco comes from renewable sources.

    Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO, Pod Point, said: “With the rollout now under way, we are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network.

    “Providing smart, easy-to-use chargepoints at this scale is likely to accelerate the transition to electric cars up and down the country. Being able to top up while you shop at so many locations makes it more convenient to go electric than ever before.”

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    Probably get idiots parking in them while they go to the cash machine, maybe it’ll free up disabled parking.

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    7KW is the same as a standard home charger will give you about 30 miles battery range whilst you shop

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    ‘If you get an electric car you will charge it overnight at home.

    I believe it is a misconception that there needs to be thousands and thousands of these chargers available before people will be confident enough to get an electric car – that’s why they are mostly always empty, people charge their cars at home.

    The government should look at putting these charge points in areas when people do not have access to charge their car – for example flats.

    More important is the limited range available at the moment.

    When a car can get over 500 miles for a charge then everyone will be switching. Electric cars are faster, cleaner and about one tenth the cost of an equivalent fuel car. Hey it’s even cheaper if you want to start shopping at TESCO.

    I predict in 10 years time most cars will be electric and that home chargers will be the norm.

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    A kindred spirit Rob, I like it.

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    BionicRusty (Wayne)

    The positive – It’s a good start.
    The negatives (being selfish) – It seems Tesco are not expecting any EV sales in Mid or North Wales. Not one anywhere outside of the Cardiff/Swansea area.

    We do shop in Tesco and love it but we’ll be getting there in our big ‘ole diesel. 🤣😂

    🏎 I will be remembered for nothing but had great fun doing it 🏎

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