Volkswagen and Tesco partner for EV charging revolution, powered by Pod Point
Volkswagen and Tesco are to develop the largest UK retail
electric vehicle charging network with 2,400 bays rolled out across 600 store
sites within the next three years.
The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and
Superstore car parks throughout the UK, and will be installed by the UK’s
largest independent public charging network operator, Pod Point.
Drivers will be able to charge their electric cars using a
standard 7kW fast charger free, or benefit from the use of a rapid 50 kW
charger for a “small cost” in line with the market rate.
The “ambitious initiative”, said the two companies in a
joint statement underlined Volkswagen’s commitment to becoming a leading player
in e-mobility and deliver on its pledge to sell one million electric cars a
year worldwide by 2025.
Volkswagen’s ID. family of all-electric models, based on the
Volkswagen Group’s new MEB electric platform, will begin coming to market in
the UK next year as order books open for the ID. hatch - a fully electric
Golf-sized model that will be followed from 2020 by production versions of the
ID. BUZZ (MPV) and ID. CROZZ (SUV) concept cars.
But, Volkswagen said, prior to the arrival of the ID.
family, the appeal of its electric cars was already established, with the
e-Golf and e-up!.
Tesco said it wanted to offer customers and local
communities an alternative to fossil fuels, and also play its part in
supporting the transition to a low-carbon, clean air UK.
Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said:
“This incredibly exciting partnership with Tesco, powered by Pod Point,
underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK.
“Working with these partners to provide such an extensive
network of electric vehicle chargers should leave no one in any doubt about the
Volkswagen brand’s wholehearted commitment to an electric future.”
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK and Ireland, said: “This is part
of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter
most to our customers, colleagues and communities.
“We want to be the leading electric vehicle energy provider
and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions. Our electric
vehicle network provides a sustainable choice for our customers.”
Erik Fairbairn, CEO
of Pod Point, said: “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. It is a massive leap forward for the UK and a significant step in our
mission to put a Pod Point everywhere you park.”