Vauxhall partners with Tesco

Vehicle manufacturer Vauxhall is partnering with supermarket Tesco to provide its new electric vehicle (EV) customers with one year’s free charging credit at stores across the country.

Powered by Pod Point, Tesco holds 2,700 charging bays across 619 Tesco stores nationwide, making it one of the country’s largest supermarket charging networks with 7kW to 75kW charging stations.

Although accessible to all drivers, Vauxhall drivers will now get a year of free charging at Tesco. As part of the partnership all 2,700 charge bays across Tesco stores will be updated with a Vauxhall & Tesco co-branded livery. At present some 3.8 million charging sessions occur at Tesco.

Vauxhall’s partnership with Tesco is part of its Electric Streets of Britain initiative to address the lack of on-street charging provision in the UK. Through Electric Streets of Britain, Vauxhall has established an Enablement Fund to help improve local authority understanding of residential on-street charging needs, working with leading charging operators, Connected Kerb and SureCharge.

James Taylor, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “As electric vehicle sales continue to grow, access to practical charging continues to be a hot topic to ensure the UK can continue along its electrification journey, whether at home, on-street or at a required destination.

“In partnership with Tesco, Vauxhall is continuing to support electric vehicle drivers across the country, offering free charging for any new Vauxhall customer visiting a Tesco store.”

“We’re committed to electrifying Britain and helping UK motorists to make the switch to electric. We are excited to begin working with Tesco and look forward to seeing the UK’s charging network grow, allowing even more convenient charging solutions for drivers to make their day-to-day journeys.”

Clare Gregorio, Head of Retail partnerships, Tesco, said: “We’re committed to reducing carbon emissions across our business, including becoming carbon neutral across our own operations by 2035. We want to encourage our customers to make sustainable choices too, such as moving to electric vehicles.

“That’s why we’re delighted to partner with Vauxhall in providing the UK’s largest supermarket EV charging network, making it easy and convenient for our customers to top up their electric cars while they shop with us.”

Image from Vauxhall

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