Green fuel move
Lidl to install electric vehicle charging points in car parks
Charging to near capacity will take 50 minutes
Supermarket group Lidl is spending £25 million to install rapid electric vehicle chargers at all of its new stores.
More than 300 Lidl stores will be fitted with chargers over the next three years. This includes existing stores that are able to accommodate the chargers in their car parks.
Tesco has a similar project under way in conjunction with Volkswagen.
Ingo Fischer, chief development officer for Lidl GB, said: “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.”
Lidl’s commitment supports the Government’s plans to deliver a significant increase in quality infrastructure to support ultra-low emission vehicles around the country.
The points, which can charge vehicles from 0-80% charge in around 50 mins, will be operated by Pod Point. Chargers will have their own allocated and marked parking bays for use.
The company says that whilst leaseholds sites ultimately depend on landlord approval, Lidl will take all possible steps to ensure that agreements are put in place to facilitate installation.
Tesco agrees renewables deal
Tesco stores will install roof-mounted solar panels on 17 of its stores in a deal with EDF Renewables to take power from two onshore wind farms that will be built in Scotland.
Construction at the stores – all in England – is already under way and it will be completed by the end of next year (2020).
EDF Renewables will extend the Burnfoot East wind farm in the Clackmannanshire area. The location of the second wind farm will be revealed later.
CEO of EDF Renewables UK, Matthieu Hue said: “These exciting projects also demonstrate our ability to develop subsidy free solar and wind in the UK as well as underpinning the important part these technologies play in de- carbonising the UK electricity system to reach the country’s net zero targets by 2050.”