EVgo, one of the nation’s largest public fast-charging networks for electric vehicles, announced that it is expanding its partnership with Michigan-based grocery retailer Meijer. The new EVgo stations will be built in Ohio and feature up to six stalls at select Meijer locations and be equipped with high-power 350kW chargers.
To date, EVgo has deployed 24 charging stalls at six Meijer locations across Michigan and Ohio, including key metropolitan markets such as Detroit, Cincinnati and Columbus.
“EVgo has always operated with a customer-centric focus, and we have a long history of building infrastructure in convenient locations where the charging experience can be integrated into our drivers’ daily lives. Grocery stores are a prime location for drivers to plug in to fill their cars and carts at the same time,” said Dennis Kish, chief operating officer at EVgo. “By partnering with Meijer, we can help EV drivers across the Midwest take advantage of convenient public charging while they take care of their shopping list.”
“Meijer cares about the communities we serve, and enabling electric vehicle charging in our communities aligns with our commitment to reduce carbon emissions,” said Erik Petrovskis, director of environmental compliance and sustainability at Meijer. “We’re excited about this expanded partnership with EVgo to continue to meet the needs of EV drivers in the Midwest.”
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer that operates more than 500 supercenters, Meijer Grocery, neighborhood markets and Express locations throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin.
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