Walmart to Install EV Charging Stations
December 1, 2011
Walmart is partnering with ECOtality Inc., to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at more than 10 stores in California, Oregon, and Washington.
Walmart joins a growing roster of national and regional retailers – including Best Buy, BP, Ikea, Sears, Fred Meyer and Macy’s – and other partners who are participating in The EV Project, which aims to collect the data that will help guide the implementation of EV infrastructure to support the next wave of installations.
All participating Walmart stores will have two Blink Pedestal chargers installed, except one store in Oregon that will install a Blink DC Fast Charger. The Walmart locations were selected based on the EV Micro-Climate process, which takes into account traffic patterns, regional attractions, transportation hubs, guidance from Walmart and input from regional partners.
EV drivers will be able to charge at any Blink station through a variety of options including interoperable RFID cards, smartphone applications, and mobile phone and credit card-based payment options.
The EV Project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and is overseeing the installation of approximately 14,000 commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide EV infrastructure to support the deployment of 8,300 electric vehicles.
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