Electric car owners should consider getting their weekly groceries from Tesco, as the supermarket not only has more charging points than competitors, but they’re cheaper to use than plugging in at home.
A new study compared UK supermarkets according to the number of their locations with electric vehicle charging facilities, and found that two-thirds (66%) of Tesco stores surveyed had at least one device.
Tesco only recently dropped its free top-up offer to customers. Yet even with pricing across its various device speeds, it’s still cheaper to plug in its chargers than to boost the batteries at home using a home energy tariff.
Best supermarkets for electric car owners: Tesco has a charging point in two-thirds of its UK stores
Pod Point, which runs devices in Tesco car parks in partnership with Volkswagen, confirmed last month that EV drivers would no longer benefit from free charging at the supermarket.
From November 1, electric car owners will have to pay 28p per kWh to use the slowest 7kW devices, 40p for 22kW chargers and 50p per kWh to plug into its network of charging stations. 50 kW fast charging.
The operator said it was ending free charging in the hope that “customers will only top up when they need it, ensuring they make way for others once their cars are loaded”.
Despite the end of free charging in its car parks, Tesco devices are still cheaper than the average cost to plug in at home.
With energy prices at an all-time high, the cost of charging a Volkswagen ID.3 to drive 10,000 miles a year at home would be £747 when charged at the energy price cap domestic from 34p/kWh, according to the Electric Car website. .
Charging at Tesco’s cheapest rate of 28p/kWh to use 7kW appliances would cost £615, meaning a saving of £132, according to Electrifying.
That’s why Electrifying.com – a website dedicated to electric car ownership – has just named Tesco the best supermarket for electric vehicle drivers.
Despite the end of free charging in its car parks, Tesco devices are still cheaper than the average cost to plug in at home
|Percentage of stores with at least one CP (%)||Total number of UK stores||Number of magazines with at least one loader||Total number of chargers in all supermarkets||Free to use?||**Cheapest charging price|
|Tesco||66%||798||528||2,250||Nope||28p per kWh|
|waitrose||17.6%||336||n / A||224||Nope||55p per kWh***|
|lidl||28%||>935||261||n / A||Nope||40p per kWh|
|Aldi||12%||>970||n / A||>400||Yes||Free|
|Sainsbury’s*||n / A||>600||n / A||>100||Yes||Free|
|Source: Electrifying.com*Sainsbury’s locations based on 2021 figures, **Recharge prices sourced from ThisisMoney, ***Cheapest recharge via Waitrose provider, Shell Recharge|
Lidl ranks second in its supermarket prices.
Some 28% of its UK sites currently have at least one electric car charging point.
Waitrose ranked third with just 17% of its stores currently offering customers the option of charging electric cars. However, the company has announced plans to install 800 Shell Recharge charging stations at 100 of its sites by 2025.
Almost one in three (28%) Lidl supermarkets in the UK currently have at least one electric car charging station
Waitrose has a charger in just 17% of stores. However, the company has announced plans to install 800 Shell Recharge charging stations at 100 of its locations by 2025.
For electric car drivers who prefer to shop at Aldi, Electrifying says it can be a lottery in terms of charging facilities, with just 12% of its stores currently supplying electrical devices to customers.
But like the store itself, these devices offer excellent value for money, with on-site charging stations remaining free, unlike their competitors.
Sainsbury’s, which according to its website has more than 600 stores, said they have “over 100 charging stations available in their stores” but declined to reveal the actual number of stores the chargers are in.
Data from 2021 shows there were devices in just 43 of its stores – that’s a paltry 7% of its national supermarkets.
However, like Aldi, all of these points are currently free to use.
Only 12% of Aldis in the UK have an EV charging station. However, they are free to use at the moment
Sainsbury’s was ranked bottom of the study, but the brand says it is trying to increase its electric car charging facilities
Electrification founder Ginny Buckley said with more and more electric cars coming onto our roads, it’s “essential” that charging infrastructure in and around convenient locations – such as supermarkets – is growing at a similar rate.
“People are rightly looking for ease and convenience when it comes to charging their car, with 37% of drivers telling us that other than at home they would like to be able to charge in a supermarket when shopping for food. ‘grocery.
“Congratulations to Tesco who have invested heavily in providing customers with good charging facilities; we know shoppers are feeling the pinch so it is reassuring to see that despite most supermarkets charging customers to ‘do the full” of electricity, the price for doing so is often cheaper than recharging in the street or even at home.
The Best Supermarkets for EV Drivers report is published by Electrifying.com. Founder Ginny Buckley (pictured) says charging infrastructure in convenient locations needs to grow faster than it currently does
Clare Gregorio, head of retail partnerships at Tesco, said the supermarket had already provided more than 86 million charging kilometers across 563 stores.
“The charging network, installed in partnership with Pod Point and Volkswagen, underlines our commitment to becoming carbon neutral across all our UK operations by 2035, and net zero across our entire footprint by 2050. “, she added.
Lidl GB said it had invested more than £15million in rolling out electric vehicle charging stations in its supermarkets since 2017 and pledged to have fast devices in 300 stores by the end of this year .
“We include a charging station with every new store we open, where possible (i.e. if it’s in a retail park, it’s not something we have full control over) , and the vast majority of our stores with charging stations have fast chargers,” it said.
Although he declined to specify the exact number of stores across the country with recharging facilities, a Sainsbury’s spokesperson said it had “over 100 available” in stores.
“We learned a lot from installing them and have been working hard for some time now on our ambitious plan for our next generation of charging stations,” the spokesperson adds.
“We want to offer them in as many stores as possible and create a better customer experience by offering slow and fast charging stations. We are on track to finalize and deliver our plans and are confident that they will meet our customers’ electric vehicle charging needs.
“We are unable to share further details at this stage, but we will make further announcements over the coming months. Electric vehicle charging is a priority for Sainsbury’s – it has been for many months and we are about to update colleagues and customers on our plans.
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