Electric car charging at Sainsbury's

* Network of charging points * Across London * Free to customers...

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What Car? Staff
06 November 2009

Electric car charging at Sainsbury's

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has launched London's first network of electric car charge points.

Charge points are free to use for Sainsbury's customers, and will be available at 11 stores across the city, so drivers should never be more than a few miles away from being able to top up their battery.

Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury's commercial director, said: 'This will turn London into an electric vehicle superhighway, giving drivers greater freedom.

'In 10 years' time, we envisage that recharge points will be available at all of our stores in large cities.'

Where can I charge my car while I shop?
The Sainsbury's stores with charging points are:
• Beckton
• Camden
• Chiswick
• Cromwell Road
• East Dulwich
• Greenwich Peninsula
• Islington
• North Cheam
• Sydenham

Additional charging points will be opening at stores in Wandsworth and Whitechapel later this month.

Good news for Boris, too
Mayor of London Boris Johnson welcomed the announcement, which will help him achieve his goal of turning London into the 'electric vehicle capital of Europe'.

The Mayor wants 25,000 charging spaces publicly available in London by 2015, and 100,000 of the city's cars to be electric as soon as possible.

He said: 'I warmly welcome the arrival of Sainsbury's network of charge points, which will put half of all London's population within three miles of a charge point.'