We're installing new electric charging points for customers at 19 of our stores in West Yorkshire.
The charging points are free to use until October 29 and have been set up in partnership with ENGIE.
Each charging point includes one bay for taxis and private hire vehicles and one bay for all other users.
The installation of charging points at our stores are part of a wider initiative from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which secured almost £2 million from the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles to help improve air quality by encouraging the use of electric vehicles.
John Mutton, our Senior Asset Manager, 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 carparks 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.”
Supplying 100% renewable energy, the rapid charge points give customers 160 miles of driving on average. The chargers can be located by ENGIE's web-app.
Jerry Moloney, Managing Director for ENGIE’s Futures business, 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.”
Cllr Kim Groves, Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Transport Committee, 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.”
The move is part of Asda’s sustainable business strategy, which was set out in our first Environmental, Social and Governance report, launched last month.
Here's a list of the 19 stores with the new rapid charge points:
- Wakefield Dewsbury Road
- West Bradford