Supermarket giant Morrisons is to install 50 GeniePoint charging points in specific stores across the country. The units will be powered by energy supplied by Engie, a company which buys electricity from renewable sources such as wind and solar farms.
The charging points are to be placed around the perimeter of the car parks, in an attempt to avoid non-electric car drivers occupying the spaces. Drivers will need to sign up to GeniePoint to use the chargers, which is free, and then pay for what they use which is charged at 30p per kW hour.
Andrew Ball, fuel and services manager of Morrisons, said: "Customers are beginning to take part in the biggest revolution in car design since the internal combustion engine was first developed. We need to follow them and give them the opportunity to charge while they shop."
Alex Bamberg, managing director, Engie EV (Electric Vehicle) Solutions, the owner of the GeniePoint Network, said: “Providing convenient, fast charging facilities is essential in ensuring drivers have the confidence to switch to electric vehicles and reduce traffic pollution.
"Morrisons supermarkets are ideally situated in communities as drivers go about their day to day activities, and will make an important contribution as we build the most reliable rapid charging network nationwide."