Meijer rolls out the first charging stations for EVgo electric vehicles

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Meijer has started opening its first electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in stores as part of a partnership with public fast-charging network EVgo Inc.

Los Angeles-based EVgo said yesterday the initial locations were at Meijer supercenters in Michigan and Ohio. The companies announced their partnership last March, initially planning to start rolling out the charging stations over the summer.

Capable of fast charging from 100kW to 350kW, EVgo stations at Meijer stores can power all fast-charging vehicles currently on the road, including Teslas, vans and new vehicles coming to market, according to EVgo.

Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., has offered electric vehicle charging facilities at its corporate campus and select stores since 2010 as part of broader environmental initiatives, including a nationwide transition to a fleet of low-carbon consumer cars and trucks.

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EVgo’s public network, made up of more than 800 charging stations for electric vehicles, is powered by 100% renewable electricity.

“Our partnership with EVgo provides another way for us to serve our community and further our commitment to sustainability,” said Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability at Meijer, in a statement. “Electric vehicle charging stations provide convenience for our customers and our community, and we are excited to be part of the transition to electric vehicles.”

EVgo said the Meijer stations will add to the more than 800 locations in its fast-charging network and increase its base of more than 310,000 customer accounts. The company noted that it has the only public grid powered by 100% renewable electricity.

“EVgo has a long-standing commitment to working with best-in-class partners to provide our customers with a first-class charging experience,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. “Between our shared commitment to protecting the planet and putting customers first, EVgo and Meijer go hand in hand. We look forward to continuing our recent efforts in the Midwest to continue adding more EVgo stations to Meijer Supercenter locations.

Overall, Meijer operates 258 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.

The Meijer-EVgo deployment follows the recent formation of the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition (REV Midwest) by the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, EVgo added. The initiative, which recently fueled excitement around electric vehicle adoption in the Midwest, is designed to create jobs, reduce carbon emissions and promote public health and safety, the company said.

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