IKEA has announced that it will install electric vehicle (EV) charge points in all of its UK stores.
IKEA is working with car maker Nissan and green energy provider Ecotricity to install rapid charge points in its car parks so customers can charge while they shop. The charging points can power an EV battery from zero to 80% in just 30 minutes.
The move comes after the retail giant conducted research that revealed one in six British people would switch to driving an EV if there were more charge points available.
EVs are an important part of IKEA’s sustainability strategy aim, which is to produce as much renewable energy as it consumes by 2020. The company already uses hybrid vehicles in its UK delivery fleets, and in June this year IKEA installed EV charge points in 11 of its stores in France, through a similar partnership with DBT-CEV and Nissan.
Joanna Yarrow, Head of Sustainability, IKEA UK and Ireland, said in a statement: “At IKEA we believe electric vehicles have a significant part to play in a more sustainable future. We know that our customers want to live more sustainably and that extends to how they get to and from our stores. By installing more charging points and strengthening the infrastructure nationally, we believe we can start to tackle one of the major barriers to using electric cars which is the fear of not finding a convenient place to charge the car.”
IKEA published its ambitious sustainability strategy People & Planet Positive in October, which is designed to be an integrated part of its long-term growth and delivery up to 2020. While the retailer has since opened wind farms around Europe including Poland and Sweden as part of the global strategy, last month IKEA chose the UK to launch the sale of home solar systems in its stores.