Tesco, Volkswagen to develop electric vehicle charging network in UK

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Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco and German automaker Volkswagen have teamed up to develop an electric vehicle charging network in the UK, companies stated on Friday.

Under the partnership, Tesco and Volkswagen presented more than 2,400 electric vehicle charging bays throughout 600 Tesco stores in the next three years.

Electric cars and other vehicles using alternative fuels represent about 6 percent of sales in Britain and are the fastest developing part of the market, increasing 22 percent so far this year, assisted by government schemes supporting them.

The charging bays will be set up by Pod Point, that has installed more than 2,500 publicly available charge bays at areas including retailers, service stations and transport hubs.

Pod Point stated the Tesco/Volkswagen deal would result in a 14 percent boost in the number of public charge bays in Britain.

Customers will be able to charge electric cars utilizing a normal 7kW charger for free or a rapid 50 kW charger for a price in line with the market cost.

Tesco stated the initiative builds on its commitment to utilize 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

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