Walmart has announced plans to build out expand its EV fast-charging network at thousands of Walmart and Sam’s Club locations coast-to-coast. This would be in addition to the almost 1,300 EV fast-charging stations the company has available at more than 280 U.S. facilities. While locations are still being identified to expand the network, Walmart operates 35 supercenters, 27 discount stores, and 8 Sam’s Clubs in New Jersey.
“With a store or club located within 10 miles of approximately 90% of Americans, we are uniquely positioned to deliver a convenient charging option that will help make EV ownership possible whether people live in rural, suburban or urban areas,” said Vishal Kapadia, senior vice president, energy transformation, Walmart. “Our goal is to meet the needs of customers and members where they live and open the road to those driving across the country. Easy access to on-the-go charging is a game-changer for drivers who have been hesitant to purchase an EV for concerns they won’t be able to find a charger in a clean, bright and safe location when needed.”
This plan marks the latest investment in the company’s efforts to transform its business and product supply chains to be more regenerative, in this case helping reduce emissions and increase efficiencies for its customers. For example, Walmart announced tests across our supply chain vehicle and fuel classes toward its goal of achieving zero emissions by 2040. As of last year, many W+ customers have already been receiving their deliveries via electric vehicles.
“The way vehicle ownership looks is changing fast, and so is our business,” Kapadia said. “Today, we are as known for convenience as we are for Every Day Low Price. We are committed to providing customers, members, associates, suppliers and our communities at large with the services they need and want, in a way that fits their lifestyle – making EV ownership easy and simple is no exception.”
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