Lidl commits £25m to rollout of rapid EV chargers

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Lidl has announced plans to install rapid EV charging points at more than 300 stores over the next three years. This means that over a third of all Lidl stores will have the capability by 2022.

The points, which can charge vehicles from 0-80% in around 50 mins, will be operated by Pod Point and can be used via the company’s Open Charge mobile app.

Chargers will have their own allocated and marked parking bays for use, and stores with charge points can be viewed via the Lidl app or on Zap-Map and Pod Point’s maps, as and when they are rolled out.

Lidl claims that the rapid charger tariff will offer “the best value on the market” at 23p per kWh.

The budget supermarket will also retrofit charging points into a number of existing stores, which together with new stores represents a total investment of over £25m.

Ingo Fischer, chief development officer for Lidl GB, said: “Not only will our customers be able to charge their electric cars in 50 mins – less time than it takes to do a big shop – they will be able to do it for the best price on the market.

“It is our hope that, through this significant investment, we will enable easier access to charging points, ultimately helping more households switch to electric vehicles.”

Lidl is set to open over 50 new stores across England, Scotland and Wales in 2019.