On average, customers visiting Tesco stores were getting 4.5 kWh free.

Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point celebrate the milestone of 200 charging sites installed in the UK, which are available for free at the Tesco stores (regardless of the EV brand).

The first 100 stations with multiple 7 kW AC terminals were installed in 2019, and an additional 100 more were added in about half a year. By the end of this year, the number of stations should increase to around 400, and to 600 stations (with 2,400 individual charging points) in 2021.

All of the AC stalls are available for free, while the 50 kW chargers supplied by Tritium (at some stores) are not.

According to the German manufacturer, already 669 MWh of electricity weres dispensed over 18 months of the project.

EV drivers have used the charging points some 150,000 times, which means that on average they were charging 4.5 kWh per single-use. That's probably typical for 7 kW output, as most customers will spend 30-60 minutes at the store.

"This is enough to power 1.3 million homes for one hour, or 55,750 homes for 24 hours – which should cover the electricity needs for residential properties in a town or city with a population of almost 130,000.

It is also estimated that EV drivers using the charging points have saved 374,391 kg of tailpipe CO2 emissions – the equivalent of more than 1.8 million miles driven by the average new car."

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Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point reach milestone as 200th store gets free electric vehicle chargers

  • 200 Tesco stores across UK now equipped with free charge points
  • Enough renewable power has been supplied so far to fuel a city of 130,000 for a day
  • Charge points designed for electric vehicles of any brand

Milton Keynes – The UK’s largest free retail charging network for electric vehicles has so far given away enough renewable energy to power the homes of almost 130,000 people.

Volkswagen, Tesco and Pod Point teamed up to provide the largest free retail charging network for electric vehicle (EV) owners across the UK.

The groundbreaking partnership has now hit the landmark 200th store after four EV points were installed at the Tesco superstore in Chester.

So far, enough renewable energy has been given away to power the homes in a city the size of Chester for a whole day.

Over the past 18 months, these charging points across the UK have been used 150,000 times by EV owners of all brands – providing their batteries with a combined 669 megawatts of power.

This is enough to power 1.3 million homes for one hour, or 55,750 homes for 24 hours – which should cover the electricity needs for residential properties in a town or city with a population of almost 130,000.

It is also estimated that EV drivers using the charging points have saved 374,391 kg of tailpipe CO2 emissions – the equivalent of more than 1.8 million miles driven by the average new car.

Sarah Cox, Head of Marketing for Volkswagen UK, said: “It’s fantastic that we’ve reached another milestone in our partnership with Tesco and Pod Point. There are now 200 stores with chargers that drivers of any electric vehicle can use for free.

“As the partnership continues, and more stores roll out new chargers, we are really proud to be breaking down barriers to EV ownership and demonstrating to people that living with an EV is easy.”

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, said: “We’re now well on our way to achieving our ambition of installing more than 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores.

“The 200th store is a landmark moment as we get back up and running with this programme after the Covid-19 pandemic meant we had to delay our plans.

“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 a little help to make this easier.”

Erik Fairbairn, Founder and CEO of Pod Point, said: “Our partnership with Tesco and Volkswagen is making it easier for drivers to go electric and will help speed up the transition to EVs.

“Vehicle electrification is one of the most powerful ways to stop travel damaging the earth.”

The rollout is rapidly expanding the UK public charging network and is tackling a number of locations with limited charging facilities (less than 10 chargers per 100,000) such as in Barnsley, Wirral and Wellingborough as well as previous ‘notspots’ – areas without a single public place to charge – such as Barrow-in-Furness, which now has two public charging points located at the town’s Tesco Extra store.

This exciting programme is just one part of Volkswagen’s commitment to e-mobility.

The manufacturer has transformed its production facility in Zwickau into Europe's largest electric vehicle factory, capable of rolling out 330,000 models per year.

It is currently producing the ID.3, which is the first vehicle to be based on Volkswagen Group’s modular electric toolkit (MEB). The platform was developed specifically for electric cars and will spawn a whole family of ID. models. The ID.3 1ST Edition will arrive in the UK in September.

More information on the partnership can be found here: https://www.volkswagen.co.uk/electric/tesco-partnership

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* Ofgem says 1MWh can power 2,000 homes for one hour.
669MWH can power 1,338,000 homes for one hour = 55,750 homes for 24 hours
With 2.3 people in the average home this is translates to around 128,225 people

* 374,391kg of tailpipe CO2 emissions = 374,391,000 grams of tailpipe CO2 emissions
374,391,000 / 124.5 grams of CO2 (average new car) = 3,007,156 km
3,007,156 km = 1.86 million miles