Sainsbury’s has launched Smart Charge, a new, dedicated, EV charging business that will provide EV drivers access to ultra-rapid charging points across its UK stores.

Designed to mitigate issues facing the contemporary charging experience, such as broken chargers, charger unavailability, and slow charging times, Smart Charge will initially deploy over 750 ultra-rapid charging bays across more than 100 stores by the end of 2024.

Sainsbury’s ultra-rapid 150 kW Smart Charge bays will allow users to fully recharge their vehicle in around 30 minutes, replenishing up to 200 miles (321 km) of range. The supermarket says that many of its chargers can also offer a charging capacity up to 300 kW if a driver’s vehicle battery is capable of accepting higher charger speeds. While charging their EV, Sainsbury’s says that the proximity of the stations to its stores will allow users to shop while they wait for their EV to charge.

Available at more than 20 Sainsbury’s stores today, Smart Charge provides 200 charging bays that will be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and compatible with fully electric vehicles. New charging hubs will regularly be added to the Smart Charge network across the UK, with service information and new openings published online. Sainsbury’s confirmed that the charging technology and equipment powering the network is provided by Kempower, a provider of EV charging solutions headquartered in Finland.