Tesco launches its first electric car charging points at a Northern Ireland store

Tesco launches its first electric car charging points at a Northern Ireland store

Supermarket giant Tesco has launched its first electric vehicle charging points at a Northern Ireland store.

The company said the four charging points installed at Tesco Extra in Craigavon have already powered over 4,810 ‘free green miles’ since they opened in mid-December.

Tesco is the first major supermarket to embark on a roll-out of charging points in Northern Ireland. It aims to install points in up to 10 stores around Northern Ireland this year and has around 50 stores around the province in total, including its smaller-format shops.

Stephen Cochrane, Tesco store director in Northern Ireland, said: “More of our customers are switching to electric vehicles so I’m delighted that they will be able to top up the charge in their cars at our stores.

“We want to help our customers live more sustainable lives and giving them the opportunity to top up their electric vehicles for free while they shop is a little help to make this easier.

“I look forward to many more using these charging points as we roll them out across Northern Ireland.”

Tesco has teamed up with charging point specialist Pod Point on the installation.

Pod Point chief executive Erik Fairbairn said: “The partnership has made a massive contribution to charging infrastructure in the UK and we’re thrilled to have entered Northern Ireland with the first of many charging points in Tesco stores in the region.

“Reaching nearly 5,000 electric miles in just four weeks is testament to the rising demand for EVs as more and more people realise the benefits of electric driving. We look forward to powering up even more Northern Ireland Tesco stores as we push ahead with our roll out.”