Hundreds of electric vehicle (EV) charging points are to be installed outside of branches of Waitrose, as part of an expanded partnership with Shell.
The companies today announced a new target to install 800 Shell Recharge EV charging points at up to 100 Waitrose locations across the UK by 2025. Each site is expected to boast six 22kW and two 50kW rapid charging points so customers can charge their vehicles while they shop.
The agreement – which will see charging points located in the supermarket’s car parks – will also see a doubling the number of Shell forecourt shops where Waitrose food and John Lewis Click & Collect services are available.
“This is an important partnership for Waitrose and means we can offer even greater convenience to more of our customers,” said Waitrose Executive Director, James Bailey. “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.”
The first Shell Recharge EV charging points are expected to launch at a Waitrose site early next year and will represent Shell’s first move into “destination charging” where customers can charge their vehicle while it is parked at a location they are primarily visiting for another activity. Shell says its ambition 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, described the partnership with Waitrose as “great news” for the UK’s growing number of EV drivers. “We want to make EV charging as hassle-free as possible and support our customers wherever they want to charge,” she said.
The partnership is the latest in a growing number of investments in EV charging from well-known consumer brands, including Greene King, Premier Inn, and Uber, as businesses seek to expand the UK’s public charging network. But despite the continuing roll out of charge points, a survey in April of 1,000 EV drivers in England by the Electric Vehicle Association (EVA) revealed continuing frustration with the charging network, with the public electric car charging given a satisfaction rating of just 2.16 out of a maximum of five.