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Asda customers will be able to top up their car batteries for free 24 hours a day, seven days a week while they grab their shopping. The new chargers will be installed at 19 stores across the region including in major towns such as Bradford and Huddersfield.
The chargers will be installed throughout the next 12 weeks after a special partnership was agreed with Engie.
Drivers will be able to use the devices until October 29 when customers will begin paying for the service.
John Mutton, Asda’s Senior Asset Manager said the new charging stations will make it “convenient” for electric car owners to top up their cars.
He said: “We know that our customers and colleagues are always looking for ways to live more sustainably and we want to continue to help them do that with ease.
“Which is why I’m really pleased we’ve made it convenient for them to access charging points so they can plug in whilst they shop.
“With thanks to our partner ENGIE, customers will see these charging points installed in some of our car parks over the coming weeks and we hope that by making them easily accessible, it will encourage more drivers to look at greener vehicles in the future and support a reduction in carbon emissions.”
The rapid charging devices will give drivers around 160 miles of driving per charge.
Each bay will include one charger especially for taxi services and private hire vehicles with some firms already switching to electric vehicles.
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The location of the charging devices will be shown on the ENGIE web app.
Jerry Moloney, Managing Director for ENGIE’s Future Business confirmed the charging bays would be free for the majority of 2021.
He said: “We are very pleased that in partnership with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, we have already installed over 70 rapid electric vehicle chargers and have begun the installation of a further 19 charging points at Asda stores within the West Yorkshire region.
“The provision of rapid electric vehicle charging facilities at Asda stores offers customers a reliable and convenient way to charge whilst they visit the store.
“The ENGIE network charging points will be completely free to use until October 2021, in the hope that this will encourage more people to make the switch to EV.”
This is an exciting step towards improving air quality across West Yorkshire and ultimately supporting the UK’s goals to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”
The new scheme is part of a wider launch of new electric car pots across the West Yorkshire region.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority appointed ENGIE to install and operate at least 88 rapid charging bays across the region.
It comes after the region was granted £2million of funding from the Government’s Office of Zero Emissions Vehicles in 2019.
Councillor Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee said the move was part of plans to “reduce emissions”.
He said: “The 19 electric vehicle charging points installed at ASDA stores throughout the region form part of our commitment to install at least 88 charging points across West Yorkshire by the end of this summer to improve air quality and help people to change to electric vehicles.
“Our partnership with ENGIE is part of our drive to dramatically reduce emissions from transport as we make West Yorkshire a net-zero carbon economy by 2038.”
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