Kohl's Expands Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
September 6, 2012
Kohl’s Department Stores will expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging station initiative with 36 new stations across 18 additional Kohl’s locations by the end of fall.
The expansion spans three new states, including Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin and adds additional locations to the company’s Texas EV program. With the expansion, Kohl’s shoppers will be able to take advantage of a total of 101 charging stations at 52 Kohl’s locations across 14 states. Each of the participating Kohl’s locations will have two or three parking spaces reserved for EV drivers to charge at no cost while they shop.
“Since Kohl’s EV charging station initiative began in December 2011, it has received extremely positive feedback from our customers who are excited about the added convenience,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “From our solar program to our green building efforts, Kohl’s has been pleased to be able to grow sustainability programs that make sense for our business, customers and communities – and our EV program is one more great example.”
Kohl’s has partnered with Duke Energy, ChargePoint and ECOtality Inc on its EV charging station program. Through a two-year partnership with Duke Energy, as a part of Indiana’s Project Plug-IN, Kohl’s installed six charging stations in three central Indiana stores in the spring. Additionally, Kohl’s has expanded its partnership with ECOtality to install 30 EV charging stations at 15 locations across Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. These charging stations will be available at select Kohl’s stores through December 31, 2013, after which Kohl’s said it will assess opportunities to expand.
Charging stations can be activated by EV drivers in various ways including radio frequency identification (RFID) cards available at Kohl’s customer service desk and via phone numbers provided on the charging stations. Kohl’s charging station screens will display facts about the company’s sustainability efforts, including number of ENERGY STAR®-labeled, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified and solar-powered store locations.
These charging stations will add to the more than 4,350 EV charging stations currently in the U.S., according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center. The existing infrastructure is expected to continue to grow exponentially – a recent report from Pike Research forecasts that more than 1.5 million EV charging locations will be available in the United States and 7.7 million locations worldwide by 2017.
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