Kohl Department Stores will install ECOtality's EV charging stations in 14 locations nationwide to establish a rich EV charging infrastructure that encourages EV adoption.
Kohl who operates 1,127 stores in 49 states will install 42 of the Blink Pedestal charging stations in California, Oregan, Washington, Arizona and Tennessee. Each Kohl's store will have a minimum of two reserved parking spots for EVs, with several sites set to have four charging stations.
"Kohl's pilot of electric vehicle charging stations demonstrates our commitment to advancing environmental solutions in a meaningful and tangible way for our customers," said John Worthington, Kohl's chief administrative officer. "Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide."
The Blink Network of charging stations provides EV drivers the freedom to travel as they choose and conveniently charge at Blink commercial locations along the way. By becoming Blink Members, consumers may also yield even greater advantages of the Blink Network, such as local incentive programs, reservation systems, and enhanced Blink Network capabilities.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project and will oversee the installation of commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs in these key markets. The project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For more information about The EV Project, see www.theevproject.com .
The new EV charging stations support Kohl's commitment to being a leading environmentally responsible retailer through strategies including waste reduction and recycling, environmentally responsible building design and operation, use and support of renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives and stakeholder engagement. To date, the company has more than 110 solar locations in nine states and ranks first in retail and second overall on the U.S.
The company has more than 650 ENERGY STAR-labeled stores nationwide. In recognition of these efforts, Kohl's was named a 2011 Green Power Partner of the Year and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year.
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