Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Meijer has opened its first fast-charging electric-vehicle stations through its partnership with EVgo, whose public network is powered by 100% renewable energy. The charging stations located at select Meijer stores in Michigan and Ohio are capable of 100 kW to 350 kW fast charging and builds upon the Midwestern retailer’s existing sustainability initiatives.
“Our partnership with EVgo provides another way for us to serve our community and further our commitment to sustainability,” said Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability for Meijer. “The EV charging stations provide a convenience to our customers and community, and we are excited to be a part of the transition to electric vehicles.”
Meijer’s partnership with EVgo was announced in March 2021; the newest stations will add to EVgo’s network of 800 fast-charging locations.
“EVgo has long been committed to working with first-class partners to provide our customers with a first-class charging experience,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of EVgo. “Between our shared dedication to protecting the planet and putting customers first, EVgo and Meijer are a natural fit. We look forward to building on our recent efforts around the Midwest to keep adding more EVgo stations to Meijer supercenter locations.”
The implementation of the charging stations comes on the heels of recent traction around EV adoption in the Midwestern region, as the governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin recently established the Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition, or “REV Midwest,” in an effort to create jobs, lower carbon emissions and promote greater public health and safety.
Meijer's deal with EVgo builds upon its existing sustainability initiatives, as well as those recently announced by REV Midwest, to increase access to EV charging infrastructure across its more than 250 supercenters within Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois and Wisconsin.