Retail company Target Corporation announced expansion plans for the charging infrastructure in 20 U.S. states.
Tesla superchargers at Target Corporation (Photo courtesy of Tesla)
Target initially partnered with ChargePoint in 2012 and Tesla in 2017, installing charging spots at 18 sites in five states.
Now, Target is Continuing its partnership with ChargePoint, its Supercharging pilot with Tesla and starting a new partnership with Electrify America. All told, Target intends to have more than 100 charging sites with more than 600 stalls in 20 states within two years.
Some of those stations are Tesla Superchargers and some will be Electrify America's ultra-fast chargers.
"It's a big part of our overall work to use energy efficiently and responsibly across our business. We also know that transitioning to a lower-carbon transportation system is an important step in reducing the impact on climate change.
Target began investing in electric vehicle charging stations in our parking lots back in 2012 with the help of our partner, ChargePoint. In 2017, we teamed up with Tesla to pilot its Superchargers with shorter-than-normal charging times, with additional expansion plans in 2018.
Today, we have electric vehicle stations at 18 sites across California, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas. 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.
It’s just one way we’re building momentum on carbon reduction efforts. For example, we support renewable energy by offsetting a portion of our energy needs with solar and wind power. We’re on our way to having 500 stores with rooftop solar panels by 2020, and working toward a goal to be 100-percent renewable overall. In recognition of that work, we’re a three-time ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year, and the Solar Energy Industries Association named us the top corporate solar installer in the U.S. two years in a row."
John Leisen, vice president, Property Management, Target said:
“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. 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.”