Waitrose teams up with Shell to install hundreds of electrical vehicle charging points in car parks
Waitrose and Shell have announced plans to grow their partnership by installing hundreds of electric vehicle charging points in the supermarket’s car parks.
They are also planning to double the number of Shell forecourt shops where Waitrose food is available.
The two companies are aiming to have 800 Shell Recharge electric vehicle 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 to enable customers to charge their vehicles while they shop.
Electric vehicle charging is expected to launch at the first Waitrose shop early next year and will mark Shell’s move into “destination charging”, where customers charge their vehicle while parked at a location they are primarily visiting for another activity. Shell is looking to grow its Shell Recharge-branded network to 5,000 charge points on forecourts and other locations by 2025.
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.”
The companies have also reached an agreement to increase the number of Shell Select stores offering Waitrose food by a further 68 across the UK to bring the total to at least 125 by 2025.
In addition, the John Lewis click and collect service will be made available in as many as 80 new Shell forecourt shops this summer, which will take the total number of locations where the service is available in the UK to more than 1,000.
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