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Sainsbury’s EV charging explained

Sainsbury’s EV charging explained 

Many supermarkets have already stationed electric vehicle chargers at their stores to provide convenient and accessible public EV charging for the rising number of drivers in the UK.

But, does Sainsbury’s have EV chargers? Is EV charging free at Sainsbury’s? Where can I find Sainsbury’s EV charging near me?

Read everything you need to know about Sainsbury’s electric car charging now.

Does Sainsbury’s have EV chargers?

Yes, various Sainsbury’s across the UK have EV chargers available at different charging rates (sometimes called power outputs).

In fact, Sainsbury’s recently invested significantly in Ultra Rapid 150kW chargers and a new EV charging network, focusing exclusively on cutting-edge public EV charging.

Powered by Kempower, Sainsbury’s new Smart Charge EV charging network means Sainsbury’s shoppers can access 150kW ultra-rapid EV chargers. These powerful alternatives to fast 7kW and 22kW EV chargers make a real difference to EV owners. Before, you would be charging for longer with less powerful EV chargers; now, with these reliable charging points, you can conveniently charge your EV up to 80% in as little as 30 minutes.

All energy powering the ultra-rapid chargers is also from 100% renewable energy.

Does Sainsbury's have EV chargers

Are Sainsbury’s EV charging points free?

Sainsbury’s free EV charging is available at some stores, although not all. More often than not, Sainsbury’s fast chargers will be free, unlike Sainsbury’s Ultra Rapid EV charging points.

If you are searching for free Sainsbury’s EV fast chargers, 7kW Pod Point chargers will be your best bet. But, while these EV chargers are free, restrictions may apply, so it’s always best to check the fine print.

For instance, Sainsbury’s EV chargers on Sutton High Street are free but only allow 1.5 hours of free parking.

While most of the 7kW fast chargers at Sainsbury’s are Pod Point, some EV chargers from different manufacturers exist. Other electric car charging points from different manufacturers may also charge a fee.

For any of the newly installed 150kW Ultra-Rapid EV chargers, Sainsbury’s EV charging is not free. In fact, using Sainsbury’s ultra-rapid EV charging points will cost you a flat rate of 75p per kWh.


Overall, Sainsbury’s EV charging costs and the availability of free charging differ depending on where you are and which store you visit.

Which Sainsbury’s have EV charging currently?

Sainsbury’s cutting edge ultra-rapid EV charging points are conveniently located in the following locations:

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Sainsbury’s Harrogate
  • Sainsbury’s Desborough

While the number of Ultra Rapid EV chargers at Sainsbury’s is currently limited, the company has committed to installing 750 ultra rapid charging bays across 100 stores by the end of 2024.

If there are no Sainsbury’s ultra-rapid EV chargers near you, you can find other 150kW EV chargers near you using some of the best EV charging apps, such as Zap-Map.

To find your nearest Sainsbury’s with any available EV charging points, use Sainsbury’s Store Locator and filter by ‘Electric Vehicle Charging Point.’

Is EV charging free at Sainsbury's

What EV charging rates are available at Sainsbury’s?

As mentioned before, Sainsburys has fast EV chargers available, or at certain stores, ultra rapid EV chargers. The specific power outputs, or kW charging rate, available are 7kW or 150kW only.

But, if you have an electric car that can handle higher power outputs (because of a larger DC onboard charger), these ultra-rapid 150kW charging stations can charge certain electric cars up to 300kW.


Learn more about EV charging speeds.

How do I pay for Sainsbury’s EV charging?

EV charging points at Sainsbury’s do not require an RFID card or a subscription. Simply use your debit or credit card to start your EV charging sessions at Sainsbury’s – the EV chargers can take contactless payment too.

How do I use Sainsbury’s EV chargers?

  1. Park your electric car in one of the EV charging bays at Sainsbury’s
  2. Find the correct connector and plug in
  3. Start your EV charging session by paying with your credit or debit card
  4. Shop while your electric vehicle safely charges
  5. Unplug your charging cable once the charging session has finished

What connectors are available at Sainsbury’s EV chargers?

Charging cables with Type 2 connectors are available with any 7kW fast chargers at Sainsbury’s.

For ultra rapid charging points, the CCS2 connectors will always be available, while only some stores with cater to the CHAdeMO connector.

Interested in charging more conveniently with a home EV charger?

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With engineers across the UK, we can install home EV chargers nationwide. Our range is based on the best home EV chargers on the market, including the Ohme Home Pro and the British Gas Hive Mini Pro 3, so we can find the perfect match for you.

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Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.

Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.

A Surge Protection Device is not included in our standard installation. 

What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
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