Round-Up: Lidl plans to install EV chargers, Mini partners with EVEC, New FLA director

Lidl plans to install rapid EV chargers

Lidl EV chargers

Supermarket Lidl has pledged to install rapid electric vehicle charging points at all of its new stores in order to help EV owners recharge.

The move will result in the installation of rapid charging points at over 300 Lidl stores over the next three years, including existing Lidl stores that are able to accommodate the chargers in their car parks and represents a total investment of over £25m, the firm said.

The points will be operated by Pod Point and can be used via the company’s Open Charge mobile app. Chargers will have their own allocated and marked parking bays for use, and stores with charge points can be viewed via the Lidl app or on Zap-Map and Pod Point’s maps, as and when they are rolled out, it added.

Drivers will be charged 23p per kWh, which Lidl said is the “best-value rapid charger tariff.”

Mini partners with EVEC

Mini countryman phev

Mini has announced a partnership with the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre, Milton Keynes.

As part of the new partnership two Mini Countryman Plug-In Hybrid vehicles have now joined the centre’s fleet and are on display so visitors can explore the car or book a test-drive.

The company added that in March next year the Mini Electric will be launched in the UK and also join the EVEC fleet.

David George, director of Mini UK, said: “Mini fully supports what the Electric Vehicle Experience Centre stands for, to inform and transform public opinion about flexibility, whether it’s for the daily commute or a big weekend adventure, so it’s a perfect addition to the EVEC fleet.”

New FLA director

Stephen Haddrill

The Finance & Leasing Association has named Stephen Haddrill as its new Director General.

Haddrill was most recently chief executive officer of the Financial Reporting Council and Director General of the Association of British Insurers.

“I am delighted to be joining the FLA and to have the chance to play a leading role in helping a key sector to underpin business investment and meet the expectations of retail customers in a fast moving economic and technological environment,” he said.