Supermarkets and retail parks unprepared for growth of EVs, research finds – Retail Times


Analysis by renewable energy company Drax shows that the majority of retail businesses in the UK don’t yet have enough charging facilities to capitalise on opportunities to increase revenue, created by growing numbers of customers driving EVs.  

The study, which looked at supermarkets, retail parks and DIY stores, found that many businesses are yet to install any EV charge points for their customers, and those that have offer an average of just three chargers.  

This is despite battery electric vehicles (BEVs) accounting for more than one in 10 new vehicle registrations in July, and company-owned BEV registrations increasing 77% in the first quarter of this year compared to 2021.   

Retail parks were found to be the furthest along when it came to EV charge point installation with an average of five charge points. 

However, the study highlighted the growing disparity between new developments, which are being future-proofed with the installation of a significant number of charge points and those that are long-established and have fewer charge points available.  

For example, a recently revamped retail park like Edinburgh’s St James’ Quarter has capacity for 45 EVs to charge simultaneously, and Oxford’s Westgate has 28 EV charge points. 

These examples are in contrast to an average of just five across the retail park sector, with even fewer available at some older retail parks and fewer still for supermarket and DIY store customers, which currently offer an average of just two charge points.   

Adam Hall, director of energy services at Drax, said:“If retail businesses want to keep pace with their competitors, they should invest now in good EV charging facilities. It will help to attract new customers as well as better serving their existing ones.  

“Customers are likely to spend more during their visit if drivers are there for longer, charging their vehicles. Combining this additional spend with any profits made for charging makes it easy to see the business benefits and return on investment.”  





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Analysis by renewable energy company Drax shows that the majority of retail businesses in the UK don’t yet have enough charging facilities to capitalise on opportunities to increase revenue, created by growing numbers of customers driving EVs.   The study, which looked at supermarkets, retail parks and DIY stores, found that many businesses are yet to…