Meijer, the Grand Rapids-based supercenter chain, will invest nearly $100,000 to install electric vehicle charging stations at several of its Michigan stores.
The first charging station was unveiled Thursday at the Meijer store in Warren, Michigan, and will be followed by stores in Allen Park and Holland, Michigan. Each store will receive two charging stations which can be used by Meijer customers at no cost.
“Whether we are providing our customers with re-usable bags, placing rooftop wind turbines on stores or offering charging stations for the electric vehicles, we are committed to searching for innovative ways to be green,” said Julie Croll, senior vice president of properties and real estate for the retailer.
The decision is another encouraging step for those that have been waiting to buy electric cars until the infrastructure to support them was put in place.
Although manufacturers anticipate that many people who drive electric cars will choose to install home charging stations to “re-fuel” the vehicle overnight, it’s important they be able to venture away from their neighborhood without the fear of running out of power.
Installing home charging stations is expected to cost approximately $2,000 before tax rebates.
With free public charging stations in place, electric vehicle owners will be able to go about their day in confidence, able to charge their cars while at the movie or shopping for household products.
In 2011, Meijer plans to expand this initiative by installing additional charging stations in 10-20 more stores throughout the Midwest.
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