Volkswagen announced last year it had partnered with Tesco and Pod Point to install around 2,400 charging points for electric cars. Currently electric vehicle (EV) owners at 100 Tesco stores across the United Kingdom are able to top up their battery for free while shopping.
Research by Volkswagen reveals the average Brit spends 50 minutes per week in a supermarket buying food and drink. That means, electric car owners who plug in their vehicles could get around 22.5 miles of free charging from the 7kW points during that period, which works out at 1,170 miles a year – the equivalent of driving from London to Rome for free.
The partnership and the new Volkswagen ID.3, which has a range of up to 340 miles between charges, is part of Volkswagen’s drive to boost e-mobility and make electric cars more affordable for millions of people.
Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “Volkswagen literally means the people’s car, and with the ID.3 we are making electric car ownership more accessible.
“This fantastic partnership with Tesco and Pod Point makes choosing an electric car even more attractive, allowing people to charge for free, all while going about their daily business.
“And the best bit is that this is 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.”
Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, added: “We’re now well on our way to achieving our ambition of installing more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores.
“Providing customers with charging points offers them a sustainable choice and giving them the opportunity to charge their car for free while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”
EV Sales on the Up
Data from Pod Point has revealed the charging points were used more than 12,000 times in November, powering customers’ vehicles with almost 60,000 kWh of energy. This is the equivalent of driving a Volkswagen e-Golf more than 250,000 miles – further than the distance to the moon.
UK sales of pure electric vehicles (EVs) are up by 125 per cent this year, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. And the growth is set to continue, with Volkswagen’s survey of 2,000 UK motorists revealing 41 per cent are considering leasing or owning an EV as their next vehicle. This figure increases to 61 per cent among the 25-34 age group.
The survey also reveals 80 per cent of Brits think free charging points are a good thing.
Six in ten adults say they are more likely to buy an electric car if they can charge for free, while 68 per cent reckon companies in the UK should be doing more to encourage motorists to make the switch to electric cars.
It also highlighted the importance of public charging points – with 43 per cent of respondents saying they would rely on them to top their battery up rather than having somewhere to charge at home.
Volkswagen has now created a calculator [http://chargingcalculator.drench.design/vw-calculator/] which lets shoppers know how many free miles per year they could get from charging their electric car at Tesco.