Just like drunks we are finally realising that the carbon energy ‘bottle’ is getting empty. Smart supermarkets such as Waitrose have already installed a network of fast chargers at most of their outlets (check out the 500 mile drive on youtube). We have yet to use one but it looks like you use your loyalty card or loyalty points to power up, a great way to retain customers. Charge up for free and do you weekly shopping or just nip in for a few bits, its all sales taken off the competition. Sainsburys seem to be installing the slower charging pod-point units, just the one but at least its a start. So having been online and bought their RFID card (another £12.50), I thought I would give it a whirl at the Halifax store (weekly big shop) to see if it opened the box. It didn’t, the customer service person said it was bust so we went elsewhere for our shopping and will do so until its fixed. I bet if the petrol station went off line Sainsburys would be lifting the skin off someones back within seconds. To be fair I received a nice phone call appologising for the poor state of affairs and a free £5 worth of nectar points, I didn’t want or need points I needed power, yet again we have to vote with our feet…..or in this case our tyres. By the end of the year expect to see rows of chargers or more empty shops. Its no use saying no-one uses electric chargers thats because there aren’t any or they don’t work. Its like saying desert tribes don’t wear shoes, they might if they saw some !.
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