LONDON, U.K. - Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, and Volkswagen, the German car manufacturer, have partnered to develop an electric vehicle charging network in the U.K., Reuters reports.
Under the agreement, Tesco and Volkswagen will roll out more than 2,400 electric vehicle charging bays across 600 Tesco stores over the next three years.
The bays will be installed by London-based Pod Point, the U.K.’s major provider of electric vehicle charging equipment. The company has installed more than 2,500 public charge bays at retailers, service stations and transport hubs. The plan would boost the number of public charging stations in Britain by 14%.
Currently, electric cars and other vehicles using alternative fuels make up only 6% of sales in Britain, but they are the fastest selling segment of the market, jumping 22% so far this year. Government support helps boost sales.
Customers will be able to charge electric cars using a normal 7kW charger for free or a rapid 50 kW charger for a cost in line with the market rate. Tesco has committed to using 100% renewable electricity by 2030.