Pod Point secures new finance to support Tesco charge points roll-out
Pod Point has secured finance from Triodos Bank UK as it pushes ahead with work to install EV charge points at 600 Tesco stores in the UK.
First announced some 16 months ago, the charge points are being supplied, operated and maintained by Pod Point under a partnership with Tesco and Volkswagen, and will include free-to-use 7kW media chargers, with the capability to display advertising on a screen, as well as 50kW rapid chargers which will be “priced in line with market rates”.
More recently, energy company EDF has acquired a majority stake in Pod Point as part of a newly formed joint venture with Legal & General Capital, accelerating EDF’s ambition to become Europe’s leading e-mobility energy company by 2022.
Erik Fairbairn, Pod Point CEO and founder, said: “We are witnessing a pivotal moment for the UK’s rapidly expanding public charging network. Through our partnership with Tesco and Volkswagen we are rolling out smart, easy-to-use chargepoints at a scale that is going to accelerate EV adoption in ways we haven’t seen before and make it easier than ever for drivers to go electric. In Triodos, we’ve found a bank that shares our vision of a world where travel doesn’t damage the earth and who can help us achieve our mission to put a charge point everywhere you park.”