Morrisons to bring electric car chargers to Scottish stores

Morrisons is to build 100 rapid car chargers over the next year, as experts warned the UK needed to take “urgent” steps to reach emissions targets.

The Big 4 grocer will start installing the stations, which can recharge a car battery in 45 minutes, in Scotland this month.

Morrisons claimed that customers in England and Wales already have “full coverage”, meaning they are no more than 50 miles from a charging point.

The electricity used will come from zero carbon sources including solar and wind power.

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It comes as Competition and Markets Authority head Andrea Costelli argued that “we urgently need to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicle charging points to reach net zero”.

Morrisons has so far installed 200 rapid chargers, reportedly saving 2000 tonnes of carbon in the process.

“Customers don’t want to spend hours waiting for their cars to charge, which is why we’ve made the decision to install the next generation of rapid chargers,” Morrisons fuel manager Andrew Ball said.

“It’s important that we continue to offer our customers the convenience of charging their EVs [electric vehicles] as they shop or eat with us.”

Two months ago, Asda announced plans to build an extra 19 car charging hubs across its stores in West Yorkshire.

The initiative is part of a push by the local authority to make the region a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.

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