Lidl to install 300 rapid chargers in its UK stores

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PARTNERSHIP between Lidl and Pod Point is expanding to 300 rapid electric vehicle chargers, which means over a third of all Lidl stores will have rapid chargers by 2022.

Currently, Lidl already has over 40 stores with rapid chargers across the UK and has powered more than 6.9 million electric vehicle miles.

Ingo Fischer, Chief Development Officer for Lidl GB, said: “At Lidl, we are committed to tackling the environmental concerns that our customers care most about, while giving them access to solutions that will support them in their ambition to lead more sustainable lives.

“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.”

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

Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point Founder & CEO, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Lidl to roll out its rapid charge network. It’s also great news for the UK’s EV drivers who will have an additional 260 locations where they can shop while they rapid charge.

Lidl will continue to offers a tariff on the market of 23 p/kWh for rapid charging.