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News: Volkswagen’s Electrify America will Install EV Chargers at Target and Walmart

Destination Charging Expands Across the Country

Volkswagen recently announced that Electrify America would build ultrafast EV charging stations at more than 100 Walmart locations around the country in 34 states by mid-2019.

Now, they have added that Electrify America will install 600 more chargers at 100 Target locations in 20 states within two years. This brings the total number to 2,000 chargers in 500 charging stations across the country.

EV Infrastructure

Fast charging is coming to two of the most common shopping destinations

VW is spending the money to build a nationwide clean car infrastructure as part of its agreement after admitting to diesel emissions cheating. The Target and Walmart investments together are Electrify America’s first cycle, a $500 million investment in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, education and access in the U.S. Volkswagen plans to complete three more investment cycles over the next ten years, for a total of $2 billion.

Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart, Inc, said, “Providing this service is the right thing to do for our customers, our business, and the environment.”

Per John Leisen, vice president, property management, Target, is also offsetting a portion of energy needs with solar and wind power. They are working towards 500 stores with rooftop panels by 2020, and the company will eventually use 100 percent renewable energy.

If charging is more easily available, this should encourage more people to buy or lease an electric car.

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About Author: Steve Schaefer

Steve Schaefer has written a weekly automotive column for 26 years, testing more than 1,250 cars. Now, he’s focusing on EVs and hybrids. Steve remembers the joy of riding in his father’s Austin-Healey. After discovering the August, 1963 issue of Motor Trend, he became entranced with the annual model change, and began stalking dealers’ back lots to catch the new models as they rolled off the transporter. Coming from a family that owned three Corvairs, Steve was one of the first Saturn buyers, earning him a prominent spot in their 1994 product catalogue. To continue the GM tradition, Steve now has a Chevrolet Bolt EV. Steve is a founding member of the Western Automotive Journalists. Recently, Steve became a Climate Reality Leader, trained by Al Gore, and is focused on moving to EVs and 100% renewable energy. Read his EV/hybrid blog at stevegoesgreen.com.

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