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Tesco electric vehicle charging network gets Greenpeace support

Tesco’s plans for an electric vehicle (EV) charging network in association with Volkswagen were today (30 November) given the thumbs up from environmental organisation Greenpeace.

The charging network, powered by Pod Point, will give customers the opportunity to charge their electric cars using a normal 7kW charger for free or a ‘rapid’ 50 kW charger for a small cost in line with market rate – and Greenpeace said it was an opportunity to encourage greener practice among British consumers

Morten Thaysen, transport campaigner at Greenpeace UK, commented: “Tesco is exactly the kind of company that can make adopting low carbon lifestyles easier for all of us, and this project is a great example of that.”

Tesco is the UK’s largest fuel retailer and, alongside VW, it will roll out over 2,400 EV charging bays across 600 Tesco stores within the next three years. The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and the grocer’s superstore car parks and will be installed by Pod Point, an EV infrastructure company.

Jason Tarry, Tesco CEO UK & ROI, said: “This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities.

“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.”

Greenpeace’s Thaysen was less complimentary about VW, although welcomed the car manufacturer’s support of electric vehicles scheme, “as it makes it easier for them to stop producing diesel vehicles, and then petrol, to protect our lungs and our climate”.

He added: “But unlike some manufacturers, VW still haven't made a commitment to phase out diesel, let alone petrol. Selling the antidote isn’t going to get you a round of applause while you’re still selling the poison.” 

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