Asda fits electric car charging points at shop

Supermarket chain Asda has installed electric car charging points at one of its London stores. The company has fitted the chargers at its branch in Roehampton with the help of […]

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Supermarket chain Asda has installed electric car charging points at one of its London stores.

The company has fitted the chargers at its branch in Roehampton with the help of provider Chargemaster.

The move comes after Waitrose last month fitted Chargemaster points at its newly-opened shop in York.

Asda, which is owned by WalMart, has invested more than £85m in renewable energy plans.

Robert Simpson, the company’s head of technical development, told ELN earlier this year that by 2015, 25% of all Asda’s energy will come from renewables, including large wind installations, ground source heat pumps and anaerobic digestion.

Last year, Asda opened its first purpose built depot, made from eco-friendly timber and reclaimed brick from a former brownfield site.

Its flagship low-carbon store in Bootle, Liverpool, is built on a timber frame and is made with bricks reclaimed from Liverpool docks. The lighting is solar-powered, rainwater is used to flush toilets and the roof is grassed to act as insulation and help retain water.

The shop if estimated to save approximately 142 tonnes of CO2 and 349,000 kw hrs of electricity per year.