2,400 charging points at some 600 Tesco stores coming and AC charging is free.
The upcoming Volkswagen ID.3, accompanied by the e-Golf, visits one of over 100 Tesco stores in the UK that already received charging infrastructure, as part of a big project announced a year ago.
Volkswagen, in partnership with Tesco and Pod Point, is installing a total of 2,400 points (mostly AC) at 600 Tesco stores, that will be available to all EVs on the market.
“The rollout is well under way – with EV owners at 100 Tesco stores across the United Kingdom now able to top up their battery for free while shopping.
To highlight the scheme, Volkswagen visited the Potters Bar store in Hertfordshire with its exciting all-electric ID.3 – the first time the model has been in the UK since its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.”
According to the press release, a survey revealed that customers spend some 50-minutes a week in supermarkets, which might translate to replenishing 22.5 miles (36 km) of range using a standard single phase 7 kW AC charging point – which is free to use (the DC chargers are paid).
Extrapolating the weekly charging to an entire year, customers who use electric cars and charge every time while at the supermarket, would be able to get, on average, 1,170 miles (1,883 km) for free. At least that’s the average potential.
Having a free charging option at local stores sounds like a great idea, although it will be interesting to see whether those stalls will be really available or often occupied when EVs become popular.
Pod Point’s data reveals that EV owners do not charge too much at Tesco, as in November more than 12,000 sessions were recorded with a total amount of fewer than 60,000 kWh of dispensed energy. That would be less than 5 kWh per single session on average. Assuming 7 kW output of AC charging points, and 3-7 kW or so on-board chargers in many EVs, it seems to confirm the average time of shopping.