Electrify America continues to expand its nationwide network of charging stations, collaborating with the Meijer Stores, a Michigan-based retailer, to install nine electric vehicle charging stations at stores in the Midwest.
The charging stations at nine stores in Michigan and Illinois will offer a total of 36 ultra-fast public EV chargers, increasing the availability of public charging options in the greater Chicago area and throughout the state of Michigan.
“Meijer supercenters are known for being convenient ‘one-stop’ shops for everything from groceries to apparel,” said Anthony Lambkin, senior director of operations at Electrify America. “By offering electric vehicle charging stations on-site, we are providing another amenity for customers who can charge their electric vehicles with our ultra-fast chargers while they shop.”
With a station in Bloomingdale, Illinois, already open, the network plans to have all locations available for use by early 2021. The EV charging company added seven new locations in six states across the country last month.
Meijer customers will be able to take advantage of the fastest charging technology available, as Electrify America chargers range in power from 150 kilowatt (kW) to 350kW, depending on the location. An EV capable of accepting a 350kW charge can add about 20 miles of range per minute of charging, making it more efficient than ever for customers to charge up while shopping at a Meijer store.
“Offering access to electric vehicle charging stations is another way we’re making shopping more convenient for our customers in communities across the Midwest,” said Vik Srinivasan, senior vice president of properties and real estate for Meijer.
“The opportunity to fully charge your vehicle while shopping is something electric vehicle owners appreciate, so we are pleased to collaborate with Electrify America on our shared goal of achieving a more sustainable future.”
Lambkin said the collaboration with Meijer is part of Electrify America’s commitment to provide convenient and accessible charging experiences for EV drivers.
To date, Electrify America has 480 charging stations with over 2,100 DC fast chargers, and another 100+ sites in development. By the end of 2021, Electrify America plans to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers.
During the past year, the company’s entered into several partnerships with retailers, travel stops and gas stations across the country to expand its network. Additionally, it’s also looking to make inroads into the home-charging market, introducing its Electrify Home business unit.
Electrify America LLC, the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., is investing $2 billion over 10 years in Zero Emission Vehicle infrastructure, education and access. It expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021.
During this period, the company will be expanding to 29 metros and 45 states, including two cross-country routes, delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer friendly.