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Tesco, Volkswagen to develop UK electrical automobile charging community

FILE PHOTO: A company brand is pictured outdoors a Tesco grocery store in Altrincham northern England, April 16, 2016. REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest retailer Tesco and German automobile maker Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) have teamed as much as develop an electrical automobile charging community within the UK, they mentioned on Friday.

Under the partnership, Tesco and Volkswagen roll out over 2,400 electrical automobile charging bays throughout 600 Tesco shops within the subsequent three years.

Electric vehicles and different autos utilizing different fuels account for about 6 % of gross sales in Britain and are the quickest rising a part of the market, rising 22 % to date this yr, helped by government schemes supporting them.

The charging bays will likely be put in by Pod Point, which has put in over 2,500 publicly obtainable cost bays at places together with retailers, service stations and transport hubs.

Pod Point mentioned the Tesco/Volkswagen deal would result in a 14 % improve within the variety of public cost bays in Britain.

Customers will be capable of cost electrical vehicles utilizing a standard 7kW charger without spending a dime or a speedy 50 kW charger for a price consistent with the market price.

Tesco mentioned the initiative builds on its dedication to make use of 100 % renewable electrical energy by 2030.

Reporting by James Davey and Costas Pitas; Editing by Edmund Blair

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