Kroger increases EV charging offer across US stores


US grocery retailer Kroger says it was increasing EV charger deployment across its stores in America as it tested and phased in installations from Blink, Electrify America, EVgo, Tesla and Volta. The plan is to bring hundreds more charging stations to stores in select markets across the United States.

So far, Kroger claims it has installed over 350 chargers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wyoming and expects to equip several more sites by the end of the year. Future locations include Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia.

The company did not break down the number of AC or DC charging stations but claims options ranged “in versatility”, with charging times varying from ten minutes to most sessions averaging around 30 minutes per vehicle.

To find a charging location, Kroger asks clients to go through the provider’s website, i.e. Blink, Electrify America, EVgo, Tesla and Volta directly.

Kroger runs 2,800 retail food stores under different banner names such as Kroger, Ralphs, Dillons, QFC, City Market, and Fred Meyer department stores. The company has also been selling gasoline on parking since 1998 and, in 2015, operated 1,423 supermarket fuel centres. Today’s statement did not say, however, whether said fuel stations would in future include EV charging stations or how it was making the decisions to install EV equipment.


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