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VW, Tesco in Pact on Ambitious U.K. E-Car Charging Rollout

  • Partners to build network across 600 stores over three years
  • Volkswagen targets sale of 1 million e-cars globally by 2025
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations As City Council Signs Off For Funding
Photographer: Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg

Volkswagen AG and Tesco Plc plan to build the U.K.’s largest vehicle-charging network spanning 2,500 bays across some 600 stores in the next three years, even as buyers have so far stayed on the fence and economic fallout from Brexit is difficult to predict.

Customers will be able to charge their electric and plug-in hybrid cars using a 7-kilowatt charger for free or use the 50-kilowatt charger “at the market rate,” according to a joint statement by the world’s largest automaker and the British retail giant.