Supermarket chain Lidl has announced £25m plans to roll out rapid vehicle chargers to more than 300 stores in Britain over the next three years.
In a statement, the company said this means over a third of all Lidl stores will have rapid chargers by 2022.
The supermarket already has rapid chargers at over 40 of its stores across Great Britain, which have helped to power more than 6.9 million EV miles, and is committed to installing rapid charges at all new stores.
Prices for the rapid charger tariff will open at 23p per kWh.
The old Victorian Belfast and County Down Railway Station building, now a LIDL supermarket
Ingo Fischer, chief development officer for Lidl GB, commented: 'Not only will our customers be able to charge their electric cars in 50 mins – less time than it takes to do a big shop – they will be able to do it for the best price on the market. It is our hope that, through this significant investment, we will enable easier access to charging points, ultimately helping more households switch to electric vehicles.'
The points, which can charge vehicles from 0-80% charge in around 50 mins, will be operated by Pod Point and can be used via the company’s Open Charge mobile app.
Stores with charge points can be viewed via the Lidl app or on Zap-Map and Pod Point’s maps.
Lidl is set to open over 50 new stores across England, Scotland and Wales in 2019.