Tesco has announced it is to roll-out 2,400 electric vehicle charging points in 600 locations in the next three years in association with electric vehicle charging company Pod Point.

The points will be installed in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks with customers being able to use 7kW points for free, while more powerful 50kW units will be available “for a small cost in line with the market rate.”

Volkswagen is also a partner in the programme with screens on the charging points displaying adverts for its products. A Pod Point spokeswoman told Company Car Today that “the three parties are all investing [to install the charging points] and the media advertising revenue will enable the charging to be offered to the public free of charge.”

Pod Point charger

“This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities,” said Jason Tarry, CEO of Tesco UK. “We want to be the leading electric vehicle energy provider and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions. Our EV network provides a sustainable choice for our customers and charging while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”

Erik Fairbairn, CEO of Pod Point, added: “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.