Target to Add Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to Hundreds of Store Across 20 States
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Target has announced plans to expand a forward-thinking customer service initiative—piloted at 18 stores across five states—to more than 100 sites spread across 20 states. The company is partnering with Tesla, ChargePoint, and Electrify America to introduce electric vehicle charging stations to more than 600 parking spaces—reducing its carbon footprint while courting eco-conscious consumers.
“Accelerating our efforts to install new charging stations at Target stores across the country is one way we’re building on our commitment to investing in solutions that leave our communities better for future families,” said John Leisen, Vice President, Property Management, Target, in a press release. “And it’s an opportunity to work with industry-leading partners to bring a more convenient shopping experience to guests as we look to design lower-carbon solutions throughout our entire operation.”
The company also noted in its press release that electric cars are gaining in popularity, with more than 1 million electric cars projected to be sold by 2020. And Target is helping consumers conveniently make the switch by partnering with tech firms to offer public charging stations to its guests—who will be able to “drive up, plug in, and shop while their car charges.”
“Throughout 2018 and 2019, we’ll continue our work with Chargepoint, Tesla, and our newest partner, Electrify America, to install charging stations in the parking lots at more than 100 stores and other Target properties. Charging stations will also be a feature we’ll consider as we evaluate new stores and their associated parking footprints,” the company added in its press release.
Additionally, the company noted, Target is working in a number of ways to offset its carbon footprint—working to add rooftop solar panels to 500 stores by 2020 and pursuing 100-percent renewable overall.
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