Partnership installs an ultra-fast EV charger every three days


A wholly-owned subsidiary of Volkswagen Group of America which is investing $2 billion over 10 years in zero emission vehicle infrastructure, education and access, has completed installing over 120 charging stations at Walmart stores in the US.

Electrify America and Walmart have opened, on average, one new ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging station every three days over the last 11 months.

The first 120 EV chargers are located across 34 US states at Walmart stores off major highways.

The two started installing the chargers in April 2018 and are planning to expand the relationship in the coming years.

Expanding the relationship will make Walmart one of the largest retail hosts of EV charging stations across the US, in line with the firm’s environmental sustainability plans.

The chargers will be expanded to urban areas such as the District of Columbia and 46 states including California, the largest electric vehicle market in the US prior to its EV charging station expansion with Electrify America.

The EV chargers 150KW and 350kW DC Fast Chargers, to charge a vehicle at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute.

Electrify America plans to deploy more than 2,000 chargers across 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways.

The development is expected to spike consumer adoption of EVs since the unavailability of charging systems has been identified as one of the major barrier to accelerated adoption.

Brendan Jones, CEO at Electrify America, said: “This milestone marks an important moment in the expansion of our charging station network.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Walmart to make electric vehicle charging faster and more convenient for consumers across the country, and in turn, encourage more adoption of zero emission vehicles.”

“Along with providing our customers with an enhanced shopping experience through added convenience, this initiative also allows us to contribute to the expansion and accessibility of our nation’s EV charging station infrastructure,” said Mark Vanderhelm, vice president of energy for Walmart, Inc. “Many of our Walmart associates and customers are EV drivers so providing access to these stations is the right thing to do for our customers, our business and the environment.”