Shell to install hundreds of electrical vehicle charging points at Waitrose stores by 2025 as part of expanded partnership
Jul 22, 2021
- Up to 800 Shell electric vehicle charging points to be installed in as many as 100 Waitrose shops across the UK by 2025
- The number of Shell forecourt shops which sell Waitrose food and drink will increase from 57 to 125 by 2025, giving shoppers more ways to access Waitrose products
- John Lewis Click & Collect to be made available in up to 80 additional Shell forecourts this summer - growing the total number of locations where the service is available to over 1,000
Waitrose and Shell have today set out ambitious plans to grow their partnership, installing hundreds of electric vehicle charging points in the supermarket’s car parks and more than doubling the number of Shell forecourt shops where Waitrose food is available.
The companies have announced that they are targeting the installation of 800 Shell Recharge electric vehicle charging points in up to 100 Waitrose locations across the UK by 2025. Each site is expected to have six 22kW and two 50kW rapid charging points so customers can charge their vehicles while they shop.
Electric vehicle charging is expected to launch at the first Waitrose shop early next year and will represent Shell Recharge’s first move into “destination charging”, whereby customers charge their vehicle while it is parked at a location they are primarily visiting for another activity such as shopping. Shell’s ambition is to grow its Shell Recharge-branded network to 5,000 charge points on forecourts and other locations by 2025.
Bernadette Williamson, General Manager Shell UK Retail, said: “This is great news for EV drivers across the UK, knowing they can easily, quickly and reliably charge up at Shell charge points while shopping at Waitrose. We want to make EV charging as hassle-free as possible and support our customers wherever they want to charge.”
Waitrose Executive Director, James Bailey, said: “This is an important partnership for Waitrose and means we can offer even greater convenience to more of our customers. We're also delighted to bring our customers 800 new charging points for electric vehicles, including new rapid charging capabilities, as the UK moves more and more towards a sustainable transport network.”
The companies have also reached an agreement to increase the number of Shell Select stores offering Waitrose food by a further 68 across the UK, bringing the total to at least 125 by 2025.
In addition, John Lewis’ Click & Collect service will be made available in as many as 80 new Shell forecourt shops this summer, which will take the total number of locations where the service is available in the UK to more than 1,000.
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Notes to editors:
The new agreement with Shell is the latest example of how the Partnership is working with third parties to offer customers a broader range of products and services. In the past year, the number of John Lewis Click & Collect points has increased to more than 1,000 locations through collaborations with the likes of Shell, Booths and Co-op, while Nespresso, Boden and Sweaty Betty orders can be collected from selected Waitrose and John Lewis shops. Waitrose also announced in April that it will expand the total number of its shops on Deliveroo from 40 to 150 by the end of the summer.
About the John Lewis Partnership:
The John Lewis Partnership owns and operates two of Britain's best-loved retail brands - John Lewis and Waitrose. Started as a radical idea nearly a century ago, the Partnership is the largest employee-owned business in the UK and amongst the largest in the world, with over 80,000 employees who are all Partners in the business. Profits made are reinvested into the business - for customers and Partners. John Lewis operates 34 shops plus one outlet across the UK as well as johnlewis.com. Waitrose has 331 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 59 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. The retailer's omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.
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