Sales of electric cars are on the increase as more and more people decide on zero emission motoring. The uptick is amazing: figures from the industry body SMMT show that registrations of battery electric vehicles have gone up 262% in the first half of 2020 compared with the same period last year. Meanwhile electric vehicles have over 6% market share – only 1% shy of hybrid cars.
The sales of electric cars are not the only thing increasing. The number of supermarkets with chargepoints has doubled in the last year.
According to a report from Zap-Map in association with the RAC, the number of electric vehicle chargepoints at supermarkets has increased x 2 in the last year. So you can happily do your weekly supermarket shop while giving your electric car a charge up.
The supermarket with the greatest number of locations with an electric car chargepoint is Asda. The report says that of its 633 sites, there are 122 with EV charging facilities (19%). Morrisons is in second spot with EV charging available at 89 of its 494 stores (18%), while Waitrose has 14% of its stores available with EV chargers, representing 49 of its 349 supermarkets, which puts it in third place.
Tesco has greatest number of chargepoints
While Tesco might have fewer locations where you can plug in your electric car for a charge, it is the supermarket with the greatest number of chargepoints. Between 2017 and 2019, the retailer added 258 chargepoints taking its tally to 281 by the end of 2019 – this means a quarter (25%) of all supermarket charge points are at Tesco.
Tesco has a significant programme for rolling out electric chargepoints at its stores in partnership with Volkswagen and installer PodPoint. The plan is to install 2,400 charging points as a precursor to the launch of VW’s new all-electric ID.3 which appears this summer.
Research by Volkswagen has found that the average Brit spends 50 minutes per week in a supermarket buying food and drink.
Electric car owners who plug in their vehicles to one of Tesco’s PodPoint chargers could get around 22.5 miles of free charging from the 7kW points during that 50-minute period – enough time to do the weekly shop.
Over a whole year this works out at 1,170 miles – the equivalent of driving from London to Rome for free.
Meanwhile the electricity used is entirely carbon-neutral, because all Tesco electricity is from renewable sources.
Aldi and Lidl in race to add fast chargers
The leading supermarket discounters, Aldi and Lidl, are also planning for greater electrification. Both supermarkets want to offer you fast charging alternatives.
Aldi is partnering with NewMotion to provide 140 new chargers over the next three years. These will allow faster charging between 7kWh and 22kWh – Aldi says it is to ensure that its EV infrastructure is future-proofed for newer EV models with bigger battery sizes supporting faster charging speeds.
Meanwhile Lidl will add 300 fast chargers to its supermarket sites over the next three years. The points, which can charge vehicles from 0-80% charge in around 50 mins, will be operated by Pod Point and can be used via the company’s Open Charge mobile app. Chargers will have their own allocated and marked parking bays for use.
How about shopping for an EV?
With so much supermarket charging choice available, now could be the time to step into an electric vehicle, because the choice has never been greater. With cars such as the ID.3 arriving, and exciting models such as Polestar 2, the Honda e and Vauxhall Corsa-e already on the market, there is plenty of choice. So have a look at all our latest electric car leasing deals and we’ll help you get on the road to zero emission motoring.