VW EV charging in a Tescos parking spot

Tesco offers free EV charging for VW drivers

Volkswagen and Tesco have joined forces to offer free EV charging across the UK.

Electric car owners can get more than 1,000 miles of free driving per year by charging their cars at VW Pod Point locations in Tesco supermarket car parks.

The complimentary car charging network will be made up of 2,400 charging points at 600 Tesco stores across the UK. So far 100 Tesco stores are up and running.

According to the latest research from Volkswagen, the average Brit spends 50 minutes per week in a supermarket, which could equate to 22.5 miles of free charging from the network’s 7kW charging points during that 50-minute period.

Tesco is hoping that their complimentary charging will encourage customers to always undertake their weekly shop at Tescos, rewarding them with an estimated 1,170 miles of free driving over a whole year. Tesco is keen to point out too, that all of the electricity used to charge cars at Tesco stores comes from renewable sources.

“Volkswagen literally means the people’s car, and…we’re making electric car ownership more accessible,” said Geraldine Ingham, Head of Marketing at Volkswagen UK. “This…partnership makes choosing an electric car even more attractive, allowing people to charge for free, all while going about their daily business…[and it’s] not just for Volkswagens – the chargers are designed for any electric car owner to take advantage of. We are really pleased to help break down any remaining barriers to opting for an electric car.”

“We are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network,” said Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO, Pod Point. “Providing smart, easy-to-use charge points on this scale is likely to accelerate the transition to electric cars…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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