In the UK, Pod Point has just announced that they will be expanding their existing agreement with Lidl stores with the installation 50 more fast chargers than originally envisaged. This means that the total number should soon be 350 fast chargers in total.
Back in October 2019, Lidl announced that it had commissioned Pod Point with the task of installing rapid chargers at over 300 stores in the UK over the following three years (of which now just over half the time is remaining).
This number has now been increased to 350 but so far only 100 rapid chargers have been installed, the most recent of which was at Hayes Uxbridge Road store in West London. Pod Point did not say exactly when the remaining 250 rapid EV chargers should be installed by. Pod Point says that charging should then take customers with an electric car from 0 to 80 per cent should take about 50 minutes.
With the rapid chargers, Lidl’s EV customers can charge their cars and vans with up to 80% charging capacity in 50 minutes. Lidl claims to be the cheapest national supermarket chain for PAYG rapid charging, at 23p/kWh3.
Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point founder & CEO, said: “Currently, 2.5 out of every 100 rapid chargers in the UK can be found at Lidl.” Pod Point also installs fast chargers at Tesco and for the PSA group, (now called Stellantis with the fusion with FCA), as well as at train stations, as was recently the case in a large charging hub at Hatfield station, north of London. Most recently, PodPoint forged a deal with Kia on charging infrastructure. Pod Point uses fast charging posts from the Australian company Tritium, who specialises in a wide variety of fast charging posts.
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