Tesco has expanded the UK's largest free electric vehicle charging network (in partnership with Volkswagen and Pod Point) to five hundred stores nationwide, with Inverness Extra proudly becoming store number 500.

Tesco free chargers map

The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks throughout the United Kingdom and made up of:

  • 7kW fast chargers are free to use.
  • 50kW rapids cost 28p per kWh.
  • 22kW chargers (where 50kW rapids are available) are free.

To use the free chargers, shoppers must use the free Pod Point app and confirm the charging session by locating the charger. Charging sessions without confirmation are limited to 15 minutes.

“We’re thrilled to see the rollout of free EV charging at our retail stores gather pace. The network is helping customers visiting Tesco who need to save time and charge while they shop. This latest milestone highlights the commitment across the business to our goal of carbon neutrality in the UK by 2035.” - Jason Tarry, CEO at Tesco UK & ROI

At 28p per kWh, Tesco-Pod Point chargers offer incredible value. In comparison, the likes of GeniePoint (found in Morrisons), InstaVolt (seen at McDonald's) etc., all charge over 48p per kWh for 50 kW charging.

Customer Support

It is worth pointing out that neither Tesco nor Pod Point could offer on-site support if chargers have a fault or do not work.

Pod Point charger error

For example, this charger at a Tesco widely shared on social media has been non-operational for a couple of months with no resolution in sight. Pod Point was the 3rd best charging network despite such hiccups per the 2019 Zap-Map user survey.

We believe the reliability of all chargers would improve over time so having many chargers is wonderful to simplify the life of EV owners.