Supermarket giant, Asda, has appointed leading energy and services company, ENGIE to deliver electric vehicle charging points at 19 locations across West Yorkshire, to support a wider initiative on driving down carbon emissions in the area.
ENGIE will install high specification 50kW+ chargers, that replenish electric cars in just 30 minutes with 100% renewable energy, across all locations. The two-car chargers will also be free to use until October this year for Asda customers.
The partnership is an extension of ENGIE’s existing relationship with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority which is centred on improving air quality and Co2 emissions across the region.
The Combined Authority secured almost £2 million from the Government’s Office for Low Emission vehicles (OLEV) in 2019 and the installation of charging points at Asda stores within the locality will mark the final phase of the programme, helping to improve West Yorkshire’s air quality by encouraging the use of electric vehicles.
Jerry Maloney, 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 more than 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.”
John Mutton, Asda’s 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.”
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.”
This latest move is part of Asda’s commitment to making carbon reduction a priority across the business as it looks to tackle climate change.
The retailer has made a strong commitment to reduce its scope one and two emissions by 50% by 2025 and is working with suppliers to sharing ideas and solutions to tackle climate change and food waste.