Target To Install 600 Chargers At 100 U.S. Locations Within 2 Years

APR 24 2018 BY MARK KANE 25

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.

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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.”

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25 Comments on "Target To Install 600 Chargers At 100 U.S. Locations Within 2 Years"

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I hope Florida gets some charging stations.

I wonder which 100 locations will be getting the chargers.

Target has 1,802 stores in the US so only 6% of stores will be getting them.

It is very cool that some stores are getting chargers but unfortunate how few will be in the next two years.

Gotta start somewhere! 🙂

Yeah In Western NY all the Kohl’s that are in National Grid’s service area (competing utilities don’t get them) have an old-school ChargePoint dual 6 kw docking station. With the hundreds of solar panels on the roof, its fun to watch ‘Clouds’ (whether real or the other kind) go over and watch the charging rate go down slightly, and then go back up when the sun reappears. I’m surprised Clay doesn’t have them at the Kohl’s there (either Solar or ev’s).

Considering that EVs are Less than 2% of the market, 6% of locations is doing good!

And for the love of God, don’t put them right at the front of the store.


See my post above.

Umm, below. Gotta’ get use to the new design. 🙂

One day, Costco will recognize the wagon they’ve hitched themselves to with their gas stations.

To be fair, Sam’s Club, and BJ’s Warehouse, also sell discounted gas. There’s no reason they can’t install EV charge stations as well. A good example is the Giant Eagle supermarket chain based in PA & OH. The run gas stations under the brand “GetGo” and SOME upscale locations also have EV charging spaces (for free at that – even better than the EVgo Walmart options around me).

Actually Costco was one of the first large stores to embrace EV charging….however it was a generation too early (inductive paddles…ala EV1 and first gen Rav4 EV)…before the J1772 standard….

Costco was the first big box to see the value of electric vehicle early adopters coming by, plugging in their paddles, then “heading into the warehouse.” But it’s timing was off — there just weren’t any cars on the road in 2006, or now, for that matter. It’s all coming later this year and in 2011. Costco’s Richard Galanti declined a golden opportunity to tell me what it plans to do with its old chargers, but they’d presumably need updating.

Hopefully with this announcement and the Walmart announcement, this will trigger a big box store “who can install the most chargers” war. Who’s next? COSTCO? Best Buy? Home Depot? Lowe’s?

And they’ll install them at the front (for PR) where there’s the greatest chance of being ICE’d.

Put them at the back of the lot, then only those who NEED a charge will use them and not just hog a spot for convenience. Besides, walking is good for you.

Walking is good for you?

It’s good for everyone buddy.

Admittedly, car society is a lot about not walking but driving, and it doesn’t matter by what mean your car is moving, using something to avoid yourself to make an effort to move is insane at some point.

Don’t you see all those sick and fat people around?
They were there way before EV, and they will be there after.

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

“Put them at the back of the lot”

They get either Ice’d or some doofus will scratch your car with the cart.
I prefer out of the way. Besides, it makes it easier to get out…

I completely agree. When free charging is offered I’m happy to walk. I feel bad parking closer to the entrance than the handicap spots.

I hope Northeast Ohio get some

(⌐■_■) Trollnonymous

I hope these are 10KW AC L2 EVSE’s.
These slow 3.3 and 6KW EVSE’s are slow and 30-40 minutes don’t really get you much.

For a top-off while shopping local stores, even just 10 minutes of supposed “slow” charging (3.3 kW) could be enough to get home on electricity.

Why not 12 KW? Let’s future proof.

Only a minority of Teslas, and some rare electric trucks can go at this rate. Southern Ontario has plenty of 70-80 ampere (200 volt) docking stations, but in my area, (Western NY) the TOP rate of anything is 30. Occasionally you’ll find a 240 volt station such as one on the street in downtown buffalo (which is always iced), or on dual docking stations in the tiny villages of Churchville, and Sodus (7.2 kw). The vast, vast majority are 6 kw tops – and coincidentally, the only TOPS (the nation’s 4th worst) Supermarket in the chain (that I’m aware of) that has a dual ChargePoint which charges at a whopping 5.6 kw (187 volts). Of course, then you have those places that only have Old GM Coil-Corded Voltecs (15 amperes), which, when installed 200 feet from the service panel on AWG #12 wire, charge the car at 2.8 kw (mostly auto dealers like the one in Leroy, NY or at the Pennington Library). (Both at 187 volts when in use due to the pressure drop). Why not 12 kw? I’d rather have 4 – 6 kw places to plug in rather than only 2-12’s. Of course then you run into… Read more »

Now if they can keep Jeep Cherokees and minivans out of the charging stalls, we’ll really have something!

I have a minivan with a plug.

I’m all for a rapid charge if need while in a store. 240v L2 not so much as I rarely will be in a store for more than 30 min. I hope they do the right thing and are platform agnostic and DCFC. 500 store with solar by 2020 seems like they are behind on their efforts. The math makes sense and they’re playing the card slowly. Got to keep up with Walmart!