Tesco EV charging

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at Tesco? Tesco charging explained

With over a million plug in cars on UK roads, EV drivers are not only wondering where they can charge their cars but also wondering where they can charge for free.

And with some supermarkets offering free EV charging, it comes as no surprise that people are wondering about Tesco EV charging, asking the questions – Is it free to charge at Tesco? How much does it cost to charge an electric car at Tesco in 2024? How do I find Tesco EV charging near me?

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about Tesco electric vehicle charging in 2024.

Is electric car charging free at Tesco?

Back in 2019, when Tesco, Volkswagen and Pod Point first rolled out the Tesco electric car charger network across 200 sites, Tesco offered free charging for their 7kW chargers. However, as of the 1st November 2022, Tesco put a stop to the free electric car charging at their stores. In fact, Tesco decided to implement a fee for customers using all Tesco car chargers, regardless of the kW rating. Unfortunately, this means that in 2024, Tesco electric car charging is no longer free, with costs starting from 44p per kWh, up to 69p per kWh.

It’s worth noting that while the era of free Tesco EV charging has come to an end, the company proudly states that it contributed to 86 million miles of free electric driving through its previous free charging initiatives.

How much does it cost to charge an electric car at Tesco in 2024?

Not only have Tesco removed their free 7kW EV charging policy, but in March 2023, Tesco also increased how much it costs to charge your electric car using their facilities. Last year, EV owners were subject to a 28p/kWh fee to use a 7kW Tesco car charger. Now, the fee for 7kW EV chargers at Tesco has risen to 44p per kWh.

It’s important to note that, as with all public EV charging, the cost of charging an electric car at Tesco can vary depending on the type of EV charging station they offer.


Tesco electric car charging costs:

Type of Pod Point EV charger at Tesco Tesco EV charging cost per kWh
7kW fast chargers 44p/kWh
22kW fast chargers 49p/kWh
50kW rapid chargers 62p/kWh
75kW rapid chargers 69p/kWh

Which Tesco stores have EV charging?

Sadly, not all Tesco’s have electric car chargers. In total, over 600 Tesco stores across the UK have EV charging facilities. But while this may seem low, compared to the thousands of Tesco stores in the UK, it’s one of the largest supermarkets in the UK to have invested in electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

If you’re looking for a Tesco with EV chargers, you’ll likely find electric vehicle charge points in the car parks of Tesco Superstores and Tesco Extra stores rather than at smaller stores such as Tesco Express.

What type of EV chargers do Tesco offer?

Tesco offers a range of rapid and ultra charging speeds at their public EV charging points – 7kW, 22kW, 50kW and 75kW – all of which are Pod Point chargers. The higher the kW rating of the electric car charging point, the quicker you will charge, but the higher the cost.

When are Tesco electric car charging points open?

Even after the stores have closed, you will be able to park in the charging bays and take advantage of fast and rapid chargers, as Tesco car chargers are open 24 hours.

How do I find Tesco EV chargers near me?

There are several ways to locate Tesco EV charging locations in the UK. Firstly, electric vehicle owners can turn to dedicated EV charging apps like PlugShare and Zap-Map to find Tesco charging stations. In our opinion, the most efficient way to find Tesco EV chargers near you is to use the Tesco electric car charging app, also known as the Pod Point app, or visit the respective websites of Tesco or Pod Point. Additionally, it’s worth keeping an eye on Tesco’s social media for updates on EV charging locations.

Are there Tesco EV charging limits?

The time limit for parking and potential charges at Tesco varies depending on the specific store you visit; however, as a general rule of thumb, Tesco tends to implement a three-hour free parking policy and issues fines for exceeding that limit. With this in mind, it’s likely you won’t be able to charge your electric car for longer than three hours at Tesco, but it’s best to check with your local store.

In three hours, it’s likely you’ll have topped up sufficiently anyway – especially with a rapid EV charger. In fact, you shouldn’t fully charge your electric car every day, nor use rapid EV charging points frequently in order to maintain battery health.

How do I pay for Tesco electric car charging?

You can pay for Tesco EV charging via the Pod Point app or website. However, now, with new plug and charge regulations, you should be able to use contactless pay or an RFID card to start and stop your EV charging sessions.


  • Over 600 Tesco stores in the UK offer electric car charging facilities, primarily at Tesco Superstores and Tesco Extra stores. Tesco provides various EV charging speeds, including 7kW, 22kW, 50kW, and 75kW electric car chargers, all of which are Pod Point chargers.
  • Tesco’s EV charging stations are open 24 hours a day, allowing for charging even after store closing hours.
  • To find Tesco EV charging locations near you, you can use the Tesco electric car charging app (Pod Point app), visit Tesco or Pod Point websites, or use dedicated EV charging apps like PlugShare and Zap-Map.

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