Waitrose has announced that its staff will now have exclusive access to electric vehicle charging points following the launch of a newly constructed hub at the grocer’s Bracknell depot. 

The retailer has installed 14 22kW rapid charge points at the 114,000 sq ft warehouse and distribution centre. 

The installation was made in partnership with charge point manufacturer Easee and tech provider Flowbird.  

The Bracknell site is the first depot to be equipped with the technology. The new hub would enable partners to charge vehicles while they were in the office, Hewson added.  

Flowbird has developed an app to manage the payments and will operate the charging point on Easee’s behalf. Its pay and display technology are already used in 20 Waitrose stores nationwide. 

The plans come as part of the John Lewis Partnership’s wider ambition to fully electrify its fleet of vans and commercial cars by 2030, in a bid to be net zero by 2035. In November 2021, Waitrose began a one store trial of wirelessly charged home delivery vans.