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UK’s largest free electric vehicle charging network opens its 500th location

Free charging classes on the network elevated from 500,000 in April 2021, to greater than two million by the top of February.

The 500th charging location was opened on the Tesco Extra retailer in Inverness, Scotland, because the network boosts native infrastructure.

Other areas to have benefitted from improved charging entry embody Southend-on-Sea, Bolton, Wirral, Walsall and Port Talbot.

As the network solely makes use of renewable vitality, this milestone represents a saving of 8,786 tonnes of CO2 in contrast with travelling the identical distance in a typical automobile with an inner combustion engine.

In actual phrases, that is virtually the equal CO2 absorbed by 900,000 bushes in a year.

Designed to supply prospects a safe, dependable and accessible method to high up their electric vehicles, the network of greater than 1,000 chargers at 500 Tesco Supermarkets within the UK additionally now contains 100 speedy chargers.

The network’s 7kW chargers and 22kW chargers are free to make use of, and its 50kW speedy chargers can be found at a aggressive rate for purchasers requiring greater than a top-up.

The Inverness retailer additionally advantages from a brand new public speedy charger.

The network’s development has particularly focused areas with out speedy charging entry, with shops in Leicester and Maldon additionally gaining speedy charging factors.

This newest milestone means the network is on observe to fulfill its unique goal of launching charging factors at 600 Tesco shops throughout the UK.

Jason Tarry, CEO at Tesco UK & ROI, mentioned: “We’re thrilled to see the rollout of free EV charging at our retail stores gather pace.

“The network is helping customers who need to save time and charge while they shop.

“This latest milestone highlights the commitment across the business to our goal of carbon neutrality in the UK by 2035.”

Sarah Cox, for Volkswagen UK, mentioned: “We want to make carbon neutral mobility accessible to everyone.

“That’s why we’ve made sure these chargers aren’t just for Volkswagens, and can be used by any electric car brand.

“It’s hugely encouraging that drivers from over 220 models, from almost 40 different brands, have already benefited from free, green top-ups while shopping.”

Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point founder and CEO, added: “The partnership is continuing to make a significant and very visible contribution to the UK’s charging infrastructure, giving drivers the confidence to transition to electric.

“Pod Point’s mission is to put an EV chargepoint everywhere you park, and we’re delighted to see so many more shoppers up and down the country reap the benefits as we continue the rollout.”

The newest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders present that 190,727 battery electric automobiles had been registered within the UK in 2021 – a rise of 76.3 % on 2020 – because the drive to 2030’s electrification deadline continues.

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