Walmart, the largest retailer in the United States, has announced a comprehensive plan to establish a coast-to-coast fast electric vehicle (EV) charging network. This initiative is part of Walmart’s broader vision, known as the Store of the Future, focusing on sustainability and technological advancements.
As part of the Store of the Future concept, Walmart intends to build new stores and revamp existing ones, incorporating widened product selections, enhanced store layouts, and various technological innovations to benefit both employees and customers.
One prominent customer-centric enhancement includes the installation of fast EV charging stations at the parking lots of new or remodeled Walmart stores. These charging stations aim not only to cater to EV owners during their shopping experiences but also to contribute to the creation of a nationwide charging network.
The planned facilities will prioritize sustainability, incorporating energy-efficient equipment, lighting, and environmentally friendly refrigerants. Walmart envisions developing an affordable and convenient coast-to-coast network of fast-charging stations, intending to make EV ownership more accessible and convenient for both shoppers and associates.
This strategic move follows a notable shift in Walmart’s relationship with Tesla, where previous legal disputes over substandard solar rooftop installations have given way to a collaborative effort in the EV charging space. The nationwide EV charging network is set to be showcased in 650 remodeled stores within the next 12 months, along with an additional 150 stores that will be either converted or newly constructed.
Given that 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a Walmart, the retailer’s EV charging initiative aligns with the broader national push to establish 500,000 charging stations through public funding in the coming years, contributing to the development of a robust electric vehicle infrastructure.