Waitrose and Shell have today [22 July] set out plans to grow their partnership, installing hundreds of EV charging points, including rapid chargers, in the supermarket’s car parks.
According to the partnership, they are targeting the installation of 800 Shell Recharge EV charging points in up to 100 Waitrose locations across the UK by 2025. Each site is expected to have six 22kW and two 50kW rapid charging points enabling customers to charge EVs while they shop.
EV charging is expected to launch at the first Waitrose shop early next year and will represent Shell Recharge’s first move into “destination charging”, whereby customers charge their vehicle while it is parked at a location, they are primarily visiting for another activity such as shopping.
Waitrose executive director, James Bailey, said: “This is an important partnership for Waitrose and means we can offer even greater convenience to more of our customers.
“We’re also delighted to bring our customers 800 new charging points for electric vehicles, including new rapid charging capabilities, as the UK moves more and more towards a sustainable transport network.”
Furthermore, Shell’s aim is to grow its Shell Recharge-branded network to 5,000 charge points on forecourts and other locations by 2025.
Bernadette Williamson, general manager Shell UK Retail, added: “This is great news for EV drivers across the UK, knowing they can easily, quickly and reliably charge up at Shell charge points while shopping at Waitrose. We want to make EV charging as hassle-free as possible and support our customers wherever they want to charge.”