Walmart is one of the largest hosts of ultra-fast charging stations in U.S. and together with Electrify America, plans call for further expansion.
Electrify America announced that in just over 11 months, it installed more than 120 ultra-fast charging stations (each with multiple DC fast chargers – 150 or 350 kW) at Walmart stores in the U.S.
The new installations were performed every three days, on average, making Walmart one of the largest retail hosts of electric vehicle charging stations in the country.
“The collaboration with Walmart is part of Electrify America’s strategy to help promote greater zero emission vehicle (ZEV) adoption by offering an ultra-fast and convenient charging network. The first 120 Walmart sites with Electrify America chargers are located across 34 U.S. states. Most of the new stations are strategically located at Walmart stores off major highways, with dozens more chargers planned for major metro areas.”
Electrify America says also that it plans further expansion with Walmart “in the coming years”, but didn’t reveal any details yet.
“Additional Electrify America charging station are expected to be installed at Walmart stores located in urban areas such as the District of Columbia and 46 states including California”
“Currently, a significant number of commercial EV charging stations in the U.S. are concentrated on the east and west coasts or in major urban areas. Through the Electrify America-Walmart collaboration, EV users will have increased access to services near highways, rural communities and driving routes in other sections of the country.
EV drivers can now travel across the country on major interstates and highways with a large concentration of EV chargers along U.S. interstates. EV charging station placement along many of these routes allow for EV drivers the option to solely recharge at Walmart stores during their travels. Examples of routes include Houston to Chicago via I-45, I-35 and I-44, San Antonio to St Louis via I-35 and I-44 and Washington DC to Savannah, GA via I-95.”
Brendan Jones, chief operating officer at Electrify America said:
“This milestone marks an important moment in the expansion of our charging station network. We look forward to continuing our work with Walmart to make electric vehicle charging faster and more convenient for consumers across the country, and in turn, encourage more adoption of zero emission vehicles.”
Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart, Inc. said:
“Along with providing our customers with an enhanced shopping experience through added convenience, this initiative also allows us to contribute to the expansion and accessibility of our nation’s EV charging station infrastructure. Many of our Walmart associates and customers are EV drivers so providing access to these stations is the right thing to do for our customers, our business and the environment.”
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