Kroger adds electric vehicle charging stations as part of sustainability drive

CINCINNATI (WXIX) – Kroger is adding electric vehicle charging stations to its stores across the country.

The Cincinnati-based grocery giant is adding hundreds of electric vehicle charging stations to stores in select markets. The stations are the result of a collaboration with Blink, Electrify America, EVgo, Tesla and Volta.

Ohio and Kentucky are among the states where future charging stations are planned, along with Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia.

Already 350 chargers have been installed in parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

Charge times can vary from as little as 10 minutes, with most sessions averaging around 30 minutes per vehicle, according to the company.

Kroger Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Yael Cosset said, “Increasing our customers’ access to electric vehicle charging stations at convenient Kroger locations supports our collective transition to a low carbon. We leverage technology and innovation to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and provide customers with simple ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Kroger’s sustainability goals include a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. The goal is in line with the Paris Agreement’s target global temperature rise of less than 2 degrees Celsius.

The company began purchasing green energy from energy providers in 2019 and plans to expand the initiative in the future.

By 2021, it had installed solar panels at 15 facilities.

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