Can I Charge My Car at Tesco UK

As electric vehicles have become more commonplace, changes in fuelling has also taken place. Electric vehicles make use of charging stations, which can be found in various areas, including supermarkets.

In this blog, we will answer the question “Can I charge my car at Tesco UK?”

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Do petrol stations have electric car chargers?

Do petrol stations have electric car chargers?

Yes, an increasing number of petrol stations in the UK are starting to offer electric car chargers. This is due to a few factors like new government regulations, which are pushing for major petrol stations to install electric vehicle charging points.

This means the availability of chargers at petrol stations is likely to increase significantly in the coming years. It’s important to note that not all petrol stations currently have chargers for electric cars. The availability can vary depending on the location and size of the station.

Furthermore, while some petrol stations might have fast-charging options, these are likely to be less widespread compared to slower chargers.

Will electric charging stop petrol stations?

As long as there is a significant amount of fuel based vehicles, petrol stations will still be operational. The likelihood is, as time goes on, they will make adjustments to favour electric vehicle charging over regular refuelling. With the 2035 deadline in sight, it will soon be a reality.

But at the same time, it is an opportunity for petrol stations to utilise their indoor space to welcome those using electric charging stations, especially if the charging time is long.

Can I charge my car at Tesco UK

Can I charge my car at Tesco UK

Yes. Tesco offers charging for electric cars. They currently have charging stations available at just over 600 stores in the UK. However, the amount of dedicated electric car chargers available for use at the stores may vary based on the size of the store, and the size of the car park itself. 

How much to charge an electric car at Tesco?

Tesco, which launched the UK’s largest retail electric car charging network with Volkswagen and Pod Point in 2019, ended its complimentary charging offer on November 1st, 2022.

Now, all Tesco car chargers, regardless of power output (kW rating), have a fee. The cost starts at 44p per kWh and can go up to 69p per kWh. While free charging is a thing of the past, Tesco shared that their past initiative enabled a whopping 86 million miles of free electric driving.

Is Tesco the only supermarket with electric charging stations?

No. Electric charging stations are available at the following supermarkets:

  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Lidl
  • Morrisons
  • Sainsburys
  • Waitrose

That being said, like with Tesco, electric charging stations may not be available at every single store of the aforementioned supermarkets. Additionally, the cost to charge an electric vehicle at these stores may vary.

Is it cheaper to charge an electric car at home?

Yes, charging an electric car at home is generally cheaper than using public charging stations. Here’s why…

Firstly, there is generally a lower electricity cost. Home electricity rates are typically lower than the rates charged by public charging networks. This means you’ll pay less per unit of energy (kWh) to charge your car at home.

Additionally, there is a level of convenience and control. Charging at home is convenient – you can plug in your car overnight and wake up to a full battery. You also have more control over the charging schedule, potentially taking advantage of off-peak electricity rates if available in your area.

However, you should consider ‘flat vs. per kWh rates’. Some home electricity plans might offer flat monthly rates for a certain amount of electricity usage, which can be beneficial for electric car owners. With public charging, you typically pay per kWh used.

Will a full charge last a full journey?

This is entirely subjective to the mileage available to your vehicle on a full charge, in addition to the journey being made. These variable factors can affect whether a full charge can last for a journey.

The best way to understand whether you need to charge your vehicle mid-journey, or before your return, is by planning your route in advance. By doing this, you can determine the mileage, and if your electric car can fulfil that distance without needing to charge again. If it needs to charge again, there are plenty of resources that can help you find electric charging stations.

How can you spot an electric vehicle?

How can you spot an electric vehicle?

An electric vehicle is generally identifiable by one or both of the following factors. The first being that they don’t have an exhaust, as there is no liquid fuel being used. The second factor is that it will likely have an electric number plate.

An electric number plate is exclusive to all-electric vehicles, they have a green stripe on their side. In terms of laws, they follow the same rulings as a regular number plate, with the addition of only being allowed to be used on an electric vehicle. (Electric vehicles can also use private number plates.)

Electric number plates can be customised for a 3D or 4D look, and more. When going through a legal platemaker, you can achieve a unique look for your electric number plate.

Bespoke Plates makes the hassle of getting yourself a brand-new number plate easy and efficient. This is regardless of whether you’re after a standard replacement number plate, or a gel plate. Here is the process.

By following these steps, you will also have the option to see the plate before making a decision.

Visualising how your plate can look in real-time, with the characters from your actual registration plate, saves time and makes it easy for you to know what you want before you get it. Let us walk you through the process of choosing your plate through us.

  1. Head to the Bespoke Plates website
  2. Select the plate style you want under the “Build Your Plate” tab. Alternatively, you can follow this link.
  3. Enter your registration (You can press ‘preview’ to see your registration with all the modification options you have selected.)
  4. When selecting your chosen plate, you can opt for 3D/4D options, a Hex plate, and whether you want a legal plate or a show plate.
  5. Select preferred optional accessories.
  6. Decide if you are collecting with installation, or if you want it to be delivered.

Installing through Bespoke Plates ensures the best service & secure installation for your number plate, along with guidance for any questions you may have.

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In this blog, we have highlighted our plate options, and the information you need in order to obtain our stylish customisation options for your vehicle, as well as supplementary information when it comes to electric vehicles. We aim to have answered the question ‘Can I charge my car at Tesco UK?’

We hope that we have provided all the right answers and options for all of your plate modification needs.

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