Walgreens, the nation’s biggest drug store chain, is poised to become the largest retail provider to offer electric vehicle charging stations. The July 21 announcement detailed plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at 800 locations throughout the U.S.
The major markets for the charging stations include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., with select locations in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. Currently, installations are underway for 60 stores in the metropolitan regions of Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth and Chicago.
“Consumer interest and enthusiasm has been incredible, and we’re excited to provide locations to charge up in neighborhoods across the country,” said Walgreens President of Community Management and Operations Mark Wagner. “As more Americans embrace environmentally sustainable technologies, our convenient locations make us uniquely positioned to help address the concern around accessibility or ‘range confidence.’”
The electric vehicle charging stations will have a high-speed, direct current charger that can add up to 30 miles of driving range with less than 10 minutes of charging. The level 2 charger can add 30 miles of driving range with an hour of charging.
The U.S. Department of Energy has projected that Walgreens will make up as much as 40 percent of all public electric vehicles charging stations across the country. This allows for a network of convenient charging locations and an overall increase in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure across the country.
This announcement continues Walgreen’s initiative of energy efficiency and environmental sustainability with previous efforts that include installing solar panels at select stores, implementing a comprehensive energy efficiency plan and being the first drug retail store in the nation to introduce a geothermal energy system at one if its stores.