As part of its plans to update the customer experience, Walmart announced it will expand its own network of EV charging stations by 2030 at store locations undergoing remodeling throughout the United States.
Walmart currently has nearly 1,300 EV charging stations in operation at 280 locations, but the company plans on adding thousands more to both Walmart and Sam’s Club locations across the nation.
The company will begin adding an average of four chargers at each participating store, and Walmart will own and operate the EV charging stations in its national network.
The company is currently in the process of identifying a charging station supplier to help meet its goals – in the past, Walmart has partnered with both Evgo and Electrify America to add charging stations to its first participating stores.
“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,” said Vishal Kapadia, Senior Vice President of Energy Transformation at Walmart.
Currently, Walmart has more than 4,700 stores and 600 Sam’s Clubs located within 10 miles of nearly 90% of Americans. Tapping into this resource would expand access to EV chargers across the US for many citizens.