Supermarket chain Tesco will receive more than 200 AC fast chargers and five DC rapid chargers for its home delivery fleet of electric vans from equipment manufacturer EO charging.
Tesco has charging depots located in Lakeside, Oxford, Glasgow (two sites) and Enfield, where EO Charging will supply charging facilities for both day-to-day charging requirements as well top-ups when the electric vans have short turn-around times.
In July this year, Tesco was one of seven UK companies that joined forces to form the Electric Vehicle Fleet Accelerator, and which pledged to convert their fleets to electric vehicles by 2030. In fact, Tesco plans to have a fully electric delivery vehicle fleet by the end of 2028. So far this year, the British grocery chain has rolled out 30 electric vans and has plans in place for a further 150 in 2022.
“Our focus is now to help the business optimise its fleet performance and provide round the clock support and ongoing maintenance of their charging infrastructure,” said Charlie Jardine, Founder & CEO at EO Charging.
The charging infrastructure at Tesco’s delivery depots will be managed by EO Cloud – dedicated depot software managing charge scheduling, site load management, vehicle telematics integration and energy data. EO Charging says that the latter helps to reduce infrastructure installation costs as well as optimise fuel costs per vehicle.
EO Charging is also cooperating with the smart grid firm Moixa to create a dedicated smart home battery and solar package for electric vehicles. The former is no newcomer to smart charging solutions, however. In 2018, EO Charging announced it was launching an Automatic Load Management (ALM) device for smaller chargers to monitor a building’s energy profile.
The charging company’s most recent announcement also revealed that EO Charging will become a public listed company on the NASDAQ exchange with a business combination with First Reserve Sustainable Growth Corp.