Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Walgreens plans to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at approximately 800 locations across the country by the end of 2011, making it the nation's largest retail host. The company's neighborhood stores will provide convenient locations for EV drivers to recharge near home or work.
"Consumer interest and enthusiasm has been incredible and we're excited to provide locations to charge up in neighborhoods and along major commuter routes across the country," said Walgreens President of Community Management and Operations, Mark Wagner.
Major markets expected to host these sites include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Select locations in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington will also receive EV charging stations. Installation begins later this month.
Walgreens already has installations under way for EV charging stations at more than 60 stores across Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.
The charging stations will feature either a high-speed direct current (DC) charger that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes of charging time, or a Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.
The company is working with NRG Energy, 350Green and Car Charging Group to install charging stations in select markets.