Tesco has partnered with Volkswagen to roll out more than 2,400 electric charging bays at 600 stores over the next three years.

Customers will be able to charge their electric cars using a normal 7kW charger for free or a ‘rapid’ 50kW charger for a small cost.

The charging bays will be based in Tesco Extra and Superstore car parks and will be installed by Pod Point.

Pod Point chief executive Erik Fairbairn said that Tesco’s roll-out represented a 14% increase in the number of public charge bays in the UK and hailed it as a “monumental day” for electric vehicle drivers.

The move builds on Tesco’s commitment to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

Jason Tarry, chief executive of Tesco UK & ROI, said: “This is part of our wider commitment to addressing the environmental challenges that matter most to our customers, colleagues and communities.

“We want to be the leading electric vehicle (EV) energy provider and to support our customers with more sustainable solutions. Our EV network provides a sustainable choice for our customers, and charging while they shop is another little help to make their lives easier.”

Geraldine Ingham, head of marketing at Volkswagen UK, said: “This incredibly exciting partnership underlines the scale and ambition of our electric car programme in the UK.

“Working with these partners to provide such an extensive network of EV chargers should leave no-one in any doubt about the Volkswagen brand’s wholehearted commitment to an electric future.”