Tesco installs free electric vehicle chargers at 500 stores

Tesco has expanded its free electric vehicle charging network to 500 stores.

This milestone represents a saving of 8,786 tonnes of CO2 compared with travelling the same distance in a typical car as the network only uses renewable energy.

Usage of the chargers has surged by 300% over the past year as customers make use of the chargers while they’re shopping.

Free charging sessions at the Big 4 grocer increased from 500,000 in April 2021 to more than two million by the end of February.

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The 500th charging location was opened at the Tesco Extra store in Inverness. Other areas to have benefitted from improved charging access include Southend-on-Sea, Bolton, Wirral, Walsall and Port Talbot.

The network of more than 1,000 chargers at 500 Tesco stores in the UK also now includes 100 rapid chargers.

“We’re thrilled to see the rollout of free EV charging at our retail stores gather pace,” Tesco UK & ROI chief executive Jason Tarry said.

“The network is helping customers visiting Tesco who need to save time and charge while they shop.

“This latest milestone highlights the commitment across the business to our goal of carbon neutrality in the UK by 2035.”

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