Electrify America was created by Volkswagen of America as part of its efforts to offset emissions. It’s got a war chest of $2 billion to invest in in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access over a 10-year period. The plan is to put up hundreds of stations with nearly 2,000 chargers by end of the year.
- Electrify America in partnership with Walmart has completed 120 EV charging stations in 34 states at Walmart stores
- With so many locations across the U.S., Walmart could become a destination for people to charge up their vehicles
- While Walmart’s actions further its sustainable mission, this partnership looks to also increase its profits.
In a partnership with Walmart established in 2018, Electrify America just completed over 120 ultra-fast EV charging stations at locations across the U.S. in 34 states. In the last 11 months, the companies have opened, on average, one new EV charging station every three days.
The idea is to provide convenient and more accessible places for EV users to charge as they travel across the country. With the ubiquitous nature of the Walmart stores, it means that drivers could eventually rely solely on the chargers installed on the company’s properties.
In fact, the Electrify America and Walmart collaboration will make the retailer one of the largest hosts of electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S. While Walmart has established a mission to spark collective action for sustainability, there’s still no denying teaming up with Electrify America is a super smart business move.
For the fastest chargers on the market, it takes 30 minutes to fill ‘er up. And, while folks are waiting, they like something to do. Walmart’s right there, so why not go in and shop—two birds with one stone kind of thing.
Even if you’re going in just to browse, the best of intentions often get subverted. Before you know it, you’ve dropped coin on a bunch of stuff you probably didn’t need. That’s just what Walmart is counting on.