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Waitrose to offer electric vehicle charging in car parks

Waitrose plans to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities in up to 150 store car parks by early 2013. The first bays will be introduced at the retailer’s Eastbourne, Chichester and Wimborne stores in the coming weeks.

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Waitrose to offer electric vehicle charging in car parks

Waitrose plans to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities in up to 150 store car parks by early 2013. The first bays will be introduced at the retailer’s Eastbourne, Chichester and Wimborne stores in the coming weeks.

Waitrose will link into a new nationwide infrastructure provided by POLAR, the privately funded electric vehicle charging network that has 4,000 EV charging sites that are currently live or under development.

Diana Hunter, director of Store Development at Waitrose, said: “We’re delighted to be making such a large-scale commitment. Currently, the vast majority of electric charge points are in London, and by driving a nationwide rollout we are confident we can play an important role in encouraging shoppers to choose an electric powered car over a petrol or diesel vehicle. We know that a lot of our customers worry about not being able to top up where they need to, and this move will help reduce that concern.

“The POLAR network will bring a radical change in motoring and Waitrose is proud to be able to play a part in supporting this change.”

Waitrose will be providing bays that will have 7kW fast charge units which are able  to add another 30 mile range to the battery within half an hour.

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