“The expansion of Walmart’s electric vehicle charging facilities with our ultra-fast charging systems will provide consumers with a quick and convenient way to charge their vehicles in the time it takes to make their Walmart purchases,” said Mark McNabb, Electrify America CEO.
There are plans to deploy 2,000 chargers across 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways in 39 states, all by the end of 2019.
- Electrify America will deploy 2,000 350kW fast chargers by the end of 2019 - Ars Technica
- Walmart to Host Electrify America Fast Charging Stations - autoevolution
- Welcome to Electrify America - Commitment
Hard to tell, but it looks like we’ll maybe be getting one in the Iowa City area… Or Davenport? Probably Des Moines too, I’d guess. I’m also looking forward to more EV charging in Omaha given how little currently exists there.
For anyone unfamiliar with EV charging, the big news here is mostly about a national Level 3 charging network. Tesla built their own, but this one will be usable by anyone. Plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt or Prius Prime can only charge at Level 1 or 2, so this is more important for all-electric cars like the Chevy Bolt EV which can’t stop at a gas station. (In the future, it should be possible to move off gas entirely, as long as we stay on the same trajectory!)
That said, these will also include Level 2 chargers, so it’s still great news for anyone who drives a plug-in.