Energy Boost For EV Drivers

Mon 9th Mar 2020

New data published this week has revealed that UK supermarkets are getting firmly behind the electric vehicle revolution and have demonstrated this by doubling their vehicle charging facilities over the past two years.

Zap-Map, a website which helps drivers locate EV charge points in the UK, has worked with the RAC to research the figures on how many supermarkets are catering to electric vehicle drivers.

There are now 1,115 chargers across 608 sites in the UK, a jump of 542 points in the period between October 2017 and the end of 2019.

Though the research shows that the network is growing, a 95 per cent increase, there is still work to be done as only five per cent of the UK’s 11,979 supermarkets currently cater for electric car drivers. 

With shoppers spending an average of 45 minutes in the supermarket, getting charged while you shop is ‘a more than reasonable amount of time to top up an electric car’ according to the report.

Tesco has the most stores with electric charging points, with 149 branches having the highest number of individual charge points at 281. Though ASDA can also give itself a pat on the back with their 122 stores representing the biggest proportion, 19 per cent of their stores.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams commented: “It is extremely positive to see the supermarkets making it easy for drivers to go electric. Having more chargers that are readily available will help to speed up the transition from petrol and diesel cars to electric ones.”

Melanie Shufflebotham, co-founder of Zap-Map, added: “With 89 per cent of EV drivers taking the availability of charge points into account when selecting their parking, providing charging can be a real differentiator locally in the competitive supermarket sector.

“This seems to be recognised by some supermarkets, notably Tesco and Sainsbury’s, providing EV charging for free.”