43% of supermarket chargers don’t work

Charging supermarkets

Standing in the supermarket, I wasn’t sure which pasta to buy. Then the penne dropped.

If that banger of a joke doesn’t tickle you, listen to this – two in five supermarket chargers (43%) don’t work, despite enormous investment.

This figure comes thanks to analysis conducted by LeaseLoco looking into supermarket charger reliability. It found 43 per cent of chargers at major supermarkets like Tesco and Lidl have connection issues or are out of order. 

The sample is based on Zap-Map data covering 20 major UK cities excluding London looking at supermarket sites within a 12-mile radius of their city centres.

Data shows that Asda has the best charger reliability with 74% of chargers operational, with Lidl second at 60%. Tesco serves up a paltry 49%.

It’s crucial to note that these supermarkets have different charger network sizes, and it is expected for larger networks to have more failures.

All things told, turning up to a supermarket for some juice has a different meaning to many EV owners, so the fact many chargers are out of order is frustrating.

Your best course of action? Hit up Zap-Map and check a charger’s status before driving there (basically, make sure it isn’t out of service).

Happy charging! (or not)

Source: This is Money.

James Lewis is our resident electrical head. He drives an MG ZS EV (2018, which he loves) and plans to get the new one soon. James is much more excited by the lower end of the EV market and is looking forward to the Ora Cat.