Do Any Supermarkets Offer Free EV Charging?

Electric vehicle charging stations are popping up at many UK supermarkets, creating a convenient way for shoppers to top-up charge their EV. It’s just as necessary to shop for food every week as it is to charge your vehicle, so supermarket EV charging stations are the perfect combination, especially if you do not have an EV charger installed at home.

Asda EV Chargers charging cars in the car park

A select number of UK Supermarkets still offer free EV charging. Sainsbury’s, Aldi and some Asda stores still currently offer free EV charging for customers. However, most supermarkets, including Co-op, Lidl, Morrisons, Tesco, and Waitrose, charge varying rates between 25p to 75p per kWh (off-peak rates)

white pod point EV charger in tesco car park
Tescos pod point 7kW charger is accessed via the pod point app

Which Supermarkets currently offer free EV charging?

Several supermarkets offer free EV charging (namely Aldi, select Asda stores, and Sainsbury’s), the rest charge for the service, with rates varying from 25p to 75p per kWh. Keep in mind that the costs and availability of EV charging at these supermarkets are subject to change, and it’s always a good idea to check with your local store for the most accurate information.

We check this list every month, so you don’t have to waste your journey in search of free EV charging! Use the table below to check out if your local supermarket offers free EV charging, how much they charge and where are the supermarkets with electric car charging points near you.

StoreFree EV charging?Where is my nearest store?How much to charge?Charger Provider
AldiYesAldi store locatorFree in select locations OR from 25p per kWhPodpoint, GeniePoint, Shell and BP Pulse
AsdaYesAsda store locatorFree in select locations OR
from 75p per kWh
GeniePoint, Swarco E.Connect and BP Pulse
Co-opNoCo-op store locatorFrom 29p per kWh Plug-N-Go, BP Pulse, Fuuse App, Podpoint
IcelandNoIceland store locatorFrom 21p (*Channel Islands only)RFID
LidlNoLidl store locatorFrom 36p per kWhPodPoint, Easygo.ie
MorrisonsNoMorrisons store locatorFrom 75p per kWhGeniePoint, Zap-Pay
Sainsbury’sYesSainsbury’s store locatorFreePodPoint
TescoNoTesco store locatorFrom 44p per kWhPodPoint
WaitroseNoWaitrose store locatorFrom 45p per kWhBP Pulse and Shell

When a supermarket lists a price as being ‘from’ this is typically an off-peak charging rate.

Off-peak hours are when the demand for electricity is lower, often during the night or mid-day. During peak hours, when electricity demand is high (usually mornings and early evenings), the costs for charging will likely increase. The precise times for peak and off-peak rates vary depending on the energy supplier and local demand patterns. Always be sure to check the specific charging policies at your local supermarket’s charging network.

Asda customer looking at EV chargers
Asda chargers are free for customers at some stores

How long can you stay at supermarket EV chargers?

How long you can stay at a supermarket EV charger generally depends on the individual policies of each supermarket and sometimes even each supermarket location. Supermarkets don’t tend to have a group policy for the duration a vehicle can stay, it varies based on the location of the store, the specific partnership with the charging network provider and the local demand for charging stations.

Most of the time supermarkets align their EV charging time limit with the average time a customer spends shopping. This usually ranges from 1-2 hours but could be longer in some cases. Some supermarkets may enforce a strict time limit, especially during peak hours or in high-demand areas, there are examples of customers being fined for staying too long in charging bays. So be sure to check the policy of the store you are using.

Tesco EV chargers downham market store
Tesco EV chargers are no longer free for customers

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