British supermarket group Sainsbury‘s has launched an electric vehicle (EV) charging business, targeting over 750 ultra-rapid charging bays in over 100 store car parks by the end of 2024. Sainsbury’s said on Friday it is hoping that users of the “Smart Charge” operation will shop its stores while their vehicles are being charged.
The grocer’s move comes days after BT, Britain’s biggest telecoms group, said it would convert the first of its street cabinets traditionally used to house cabling to an EV charging unit in a pilot that could lead to a network of 60,000 new points.
BT said its research showed a shortage of chargers on Britain’s roads was deterring some people from buying an EV, with 38% of drivers saying they would have an EV already if charging were less of an issue.
There were 53,906 EV charging points across the…