Kohl’s Looks To Pass 100 Mark In EV Charging Stations

Costco’s removal of dozens of outdated EV chargers, mostly in California, made news last year, especially because the retailer apparently could have taken advantage of a state-financed program to replace the chargers with newer models.

So maybe EV drivers need to think about taking their business to Kohl’s, assuming they’re not looking specifically for gallon jugs of salsa or packs of toilet paper that are probably too big too fit in the trunk anyway.

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image via Kohl’s

Kohl’s is cranking up its already extensive EV charging station deployment, announcing it will add 36 stations at 18 stores in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Texas this year. The company said in a statement [PDF] that the expansion will bring its EV charging station total to 101, in 14 states.

Another retailer embracing EV charging stations in a big way is Walgreens. The drug store chain announced more than a year ago that it would install stations at around 800 stores by the end of 2011, although as of April this year it was still saying it had work to do on accomplishing that goal.

Kohl’s, unlike Costco, said its customers like the charging stations.

“Since Kohl’s EV charging station initiative began in December 2011, it has received extremely positive feedback from our customers who are excited about the added convenience,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer.

Kohl’s has been and is taking advantage of different programs bring EV charging stations to its stores. The new stations in Indiana, which apparently already went in earlier this year, were done though Project Plug-IN with Duke Energy. The other 30 due this year are coming through Ecotality. The company has also partnered with Coulomb Technologies’ ChargePoint.

The full list of Kohl’s locations with charging stations is available on this PDF.

Kohl’s clearly leverages its green initiatives, like the EV charging stations, to its marketing advantage, but you’d have to be a pretty hardened cynic not to be impressed with all the department store does.

In May we reported that Kohl’s had: solar power in 100 stores across six states; over 265 Energy Star-certified stores (the largest group of retail buildings to earn this distinction); and 63 LEED-certified stores (and one photo studio). Oh, it also claimed to be moving more than 40 percent of its inbound goods on railways (estimated to be three times cleaner than truck transport).

Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.

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