EV charging points located at supermarkets have doubled in number over the last two years, new data has revealed.
At the end of 2019, a total of 1,115 accessible chargers were counted for at supermarkets across the UK — a steep rise from the 542 recorded at the end of 2017. A total of 608 sites have at least one charging point, accounting for five per cent of all supermarkets according to Zap Map, which has revealed this fresh data.
Asda holds the title for the highest proportion of charging availability to total number of sites, with 19 per cent of its 633 stores supporting such facilities. Morrisons lays claim to second place with 18 per cent of locations having at least one charging point.Find low emission car prices
Tesco only has four per cent of its locations supporting EV charging but can boast the highest total number with 142 stores having such facilities.
Melanie Shufflebotham, Zap-Map co-founder, said: “It is very encouraging to see supermarkets increasingly embracing electric vehicle charging at their stores with a dramatic shift in the number of chargers being installed over the course of the last two years.
“Our research shows that while the majority of charging is done at home, most EV drivers use the public network more than once a month. While a robust rapid infrastructure across the country is essential for longer journeys, having charge points in supermarkets provides EV drivers an excellent way to ‘graze‘ energy while doing an everyday task.”