Walmart isn’t your first choice when it comes to charging an electric car, but you may have to rethink that now. VW’s Electrify America is installing EV chargers at over 100 Walmart stores across 34 states. The rollout will finish by June 2019. These will be some of the first 150-350kW DC fast chargers built to handle next-generation EVs.
They should be three to seven times faster than the 50kW chargers you typically find right now, so you may come back to a completely recharged car after your shopping trip is done. That’s pretty sweet. We love multitasking. This project promises to “more than double” the number of chargers at Walmart stores in the US. Keep in mind that there are over 5,000 Walmart locations in total, so this is small potatoes for them. Electrify America by itself expects to have installed or started work on 2,000-plus stations in the US by the end of 2019. We may even add more Walmarts after this. Who knows?
So, charging your EV just got a bit easier. This will help to bring electric cars into the mainstream more since you will have more places to charge them. Shopping while charging your car just makes sense to us.