The Wave of the future is crashing down on the past… Will there be enough PHEV/BEVs on the road to take advantage of them?
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- Aug. 11, 2011
Walgreens is promoting the LEAF and other plug-in vehicles with charging stations.
Walgreens plans to offer charging stations at approximately 800 of its outlets locations across the country by the end of this year, making it the nation’s largest retail host. The company’s neighborhood stores will provide convenient locations for EV drivers to recharge near home or work. The charging stations will feature either a high-speed Level 3 DC charging that can add 30 miles of range in as little as 10 minutes of charging time, or a Level 2 charger that can add up to 25 miles of range per hour of charge.
Major markets expected to host these sites include Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. Select locations in Florida, New Jersey, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington will also receive EV charging stations. Installation begins later this month.
Walgreens already has installations under way for EV charging stations at more than 60 stores across Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Chicago.
According to the DoE, Walgreens will make up as much as 40 percent of all public EV charging stations across the country after its project build out is completed.
Walgreens President of Community Management and Operations, Mark Wagner:
“We are excited to provide locations to charge up in neighborhoods across the country. As more Americans embrace environmentally sustainable technologies, our convenient locations make us uniquely positioned to help address the concern around ‘range confidence.”
Walgreens has a long-standing commitment to reducing energy usage and expanding its renewable energy initiatives. The company became the nation’s first drugstore chain to install a geothermal energy system at one of its stores in Oak Park, Ill., last November. The company’s Mira Mesa, Calif., location became the first drugstore to receive LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. Walgreens also will have more than 100 rooftop solar installations at stores and distribution centers by the end of the year. In addition, the company utilizes an energy management system that monitors electricity, water, heating and cooling and waste management at more than 1,100 stores to help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs while extending equipment life.
Digging a little deeper, it appears eVgo has three charging plans in Texas allowing customers to pay through a three-year subscription service including a home plan, mobile plan and complete plan.
- The home plan includes a home charger (installed at no cost) for $49 a month.
- The mobile plan includes the home plan as well as the ability to use all eVgo stations and the electricity consumed for $79 a month.
- The complete plan includes the home charger, access to all eVgo stations as well as payment for the electricity for car charging during off-peak hours on the home electric bill for $89 a month.
Whether those rate plan rates translate to any other state in their network is unknown?