April 14, 2011
Walgreens is helping launch the nation’s first privately funded and comprehensive electric vehicle charging network with an initial station at store in Dallas.
Working with NRG Energy, the Deerfield, Ill.-based drug chain plans to install high-powered rapid charging eVgo Freedom Stations at 18 locations in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
In addition, NRG plans to install at least 30 charging stations at public parking facilities, other retailers and workplaces throughout the area by Labor Day. Walgreens is the largest retailer participating in this program. The charging stations will be conveniently located along major freeways, near retail districts and in multi-family communities.
“Every day, we serve our customers’ health and daily living needs and now, we are expanding those services to help customers who embrace environmental sustainability and electric vehicle use,” said Menno Enters, Walgreens’ director of energy and sustainability. “This is another way Walgreens is showing its commitment to helping the planet through innovation, design and efficiency.”
The charging stations will feature a high-speed direct current charger that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes of charging time, along with a Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.
By the end of 2012, NRG plans to install a total of 70 charging stations in the Dallas area and another 50 in the Houston area. Additionally, NRG plans will help electrify the Interstate 45 corridor that connects the two cities by the end of next year.
Last November, Walgreens announced plans to host eVgo charging stations at 18 initial sites in Houston; construction began recently at two locations, according to Walgreens.
NRG eVgo fueling packages are initially priced from $49 to $89 per month, providing price security for three years.