In a bold move to shift its brand image towards the future, Volkswagen is sponsoring over 2,000 Pod Point electric vehicle charging bays. Located in Tesco Extra and Superstore carparks across the United Kingdom, the partnership provides 7kW fast and 50kW rapid chargers to any electric car owner. Despite Volkswagen’s involvement, the plugs are universal. With the government supporting this initiative, the project brings the UK closer to zero car emissions.
The Independent backs up electric car growth with data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, which “…showed that more than 120,000 ‘alternatively fuelled vehicles’ have been registered in the UK in 2018 – a 22-per-cent increase on the same period last year.” There’s a need for greater charging infrastructure like the Volkswagen and Tesco Pod Point solution. Especially if more programmes like the Central London Ultra Low Emission Zone come into effect.
600 Tesco locations to receive charging points
As the programme rolls out over the next three years, the charging bays will come to 600 Tesco carparks. With a total UK reach of 3,400 stores, they’re really only scratching the surface. If nearly 18% of Tesco’s locations can provide over 2,000 electric car charging bays, then creating easy access for all UK citizens is attainable. It’s also worth mentioning that since the launch of Pod Point, the company has manufactured and sold more than 40,000 charging points.
Find a Pod Point
The Pod Point website provides a map to easily understand where the nearest charging station is located. With over 1,700 already in place at locations like Lidl and Sainsbury’s, it’s worthwhile downloading their app. If you’re an electric car owner in need of a recharge, look no further than Pod Point. They even have nifty guides to de-mystify the whole purchasing and ownership experience. You’ll be an EV pro in no time. The electric car revolution has already begun, time to join in.