Tesco’s first EV charging points in Northern Ireland go live
Posted by Roseanne: Jan 24, 2022 • 2 min read
The first electric vehicle charging points for customers in Tesco stores in Northern Ireland are now live at the Craigavon Extra store, County Armagh.
- New charging points for customers provide over 4,000 free green miles in the first month
- Charging points to be installed in a further ten stores across Northern Ireland in 2022
- Over 2,000 charging points installed at Tesco stores throughout the UK, providing over 50 million green miles since 2018.
Four free to use 7kW electric vehicle (EV) charging connectors were installed in December 2021, giving EV drivers a place to top the charge in their cars with 100% renewable energy while they shop.
Over the four weeks to the 13th January 2022 these new chargers have already provided more than 4,810 free green miles and in excess of 1.2 MWh of green energy.
Tesco now has charging points in stores in all four UK nations as it aims to install 2,400 charging points across 600 UK stores by the end of 2022. In partnership with Volkswagen and Pod Point, 2,014 have been installed so far, providing over 50 million green miles and 12,476 MWh of zero-emission energy since 2018.
The popularity of electric vehicles in Northern Ireland is growing, with vehicle registrations increasing 190% between 2019 and 2020*. To support the increasing number of customers switching to electric vehicles Tesco aims to install charging points in up to ten stores throughout Northern Ireland this year.
Stephen Cochrane, Tesco Store Director, Northern Ireland, said: “More of our customers are switching to electric vehicles so I’m delighted that they will be able to top up the charge in their cars at our stores. We want to help our customers live more sustainable lives and giving them the opportunity to top up their electric vehicles for free while they shop is a little help to make this easier. I look forward to many more using these charging points as we roll them out across Northern Ireland.”
Erik Fairbairn, Founder and CEO, Pod Point said: “The partnership has made a massive contribution to charging infrastructure in the UK and we’re thrilled to have entered Northern Ireland with the first of many charging points in Tesco stores in the region.
Reaching nearly 5,000 electric miles in just four weeks is testament to the rising demand for EVs as more and more people realise the benefits of electric driving. We look forward to powering up even more Northern Ireland Tesco stores as we push ahead with our roll out.”