Supermarkets add

1,000 charge points

Pod Point, charger
EV charging networks, 2020, Zap-MAP ranking

NEARLY 1,000 new electric vehicle charge points have been installed at supermarkets in the last 21 months, according to data analysed by Zap-Map and the RAC.

This takes the total number of EV charger units on their sites to 2,059, up 85 per cent from 1,112 in January 2020.

It means nearly 8 per cent of all the UK's 26,000 publicly accessible charge points are located at supermarkets and the number of stores now offering charging facilities for battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles has also more than doubled from 607 in early 2020 to 1,300 in 2021.

Tesco has added more EV chargers than any other supermarket by installing 641 devices, giving it a total of 922 across its 4,008 stores - 676 more than its nearest EV charging rival Asda which has 246 chargers.

The supermarket giant now has charging facilities at 514 of its sites - 372 more than at the start of last year, though due to the size of its portfolio it means only 13 per cent of its stores have the capability to charge an EV.

Morrisons installed chargers at 112 stores over the 21 months studied by Zap-Map and the RAC giving it a total of 201 sites with EV facilities- and means 40 per cent of its estate now offers EV charging, the greatest proportion of any supermarket.

Its nearest rival Lidl has chargers at a quarter of its stores after adding EV facilities at 141 locations to give it 203 sites in total.

The data shows few supermarkets other than Tesco, Morrisons, Asda and Lidl have, to date, decided to invest heavily in EV chargers for their customers.

The RAC and Zap-Map have both long advocated the importance of supermarkets offering customers charging facilities due to the fact that customers spend around 45 minutes on average in their stores - enough time to top up an electric car.

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