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Complete guide to Pod Point charging network

Here's how to charge your electric or plug-in hybrid car on Pod Point’s public charging network

Pod Point rapid charger tesco

Pod Point is arguably best known for its home chargers, but it also operates a network of public chargers. As of September 2022, the Pod Point network consists of over 4,600 charging points spread across the UK, and many of these are free to charge your electric or plug-in hybrid car from.

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A live map of the Pod Point network showing the status of all its chargers can be viewed on the company’s website or its smartphone app. Pod Point has also installed charging points at Gatwick and Heathrow airports, Center Parcs, Premier Inn hotels, and Lidl supermarkets. BMW is also working with Pod Point to install charging points at key locations across the UK's 15 national parks.

A lot of Pod Point’s rapid chargers offer contactless payments, while many of the brand’s slower 7kW and 22kW AC chargers still require use of the Pod Point app. Unfortunately there’s no option for an RFID card, and there’s no membership or subscription required to use Pod Point’s public chargers.

Pod Point public charger

It’s worth noting that there is no defined price structure applicable across the Pod Point network, as you’ll find with some other charger operators. You'll have to check the Pod Point app or desktop map to find out the cost of a top-up at each location as it will vary.

In 2019 Pod Point began to install chargers at Tesco stores around the UK, in partnership with Volkswagen. It has plans to install a total of 2,400 charging bays at 600 Tesco stores.

As of November 2022, it costs 28p per kWh to charge from the 7kW chargers in Tesco’s car parks, 40p/kWh for a 22kW unit and 50p/kWh if you top-up from one of its 50kW rapid chargers. The rapid chargers are the only units that accept contactless payment, with the rest requiring Pod Point’s smartphone app to start a charging session.

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Welcome one and all, I’m Ellis the news reporter on Auto Express, the brand’s former online reviews editor and contributor to DrivingElectric. I’m proud to say I cut my teeth reporting and reviewing all things EV as the content editor on DrivingElectric. I joined the team while completing my master’s degree in automotive journalism at Coventry University and since then I’ve driven just about every electric car and hybrid I could get my hands on.

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