Target To Offer 600+ EV Charging Spots At Stores

White 2014 Ford Focus. Front view.
2014 Ford Focus electric. Image credit: Kompulsa.

Target, one of the largest retail store chains in the United States, will increase the number of electric car charging stations in its parking lots over the next two years. There are currently 18 Target locations in 5 states with the stations, but that will be increased to 100.

The states currently equipped with Target charging stations include:

  • California.
  • Hawaii.
  • Minnesota.
  • North Carolina.
  • Texas.

That will be expanded to 20 states over the course of the project, eventually resulting in more than 600 charging spots. As i’ve discussed in the past, the implementation of electric car charging stations should be nothing like the implementation of gas stations, as electric vehicle charging stations are small, not smelly, and can be squeezed into every last parking lot on Earth.

Installing electric vehicle charging stations in store parking lots is an excellent idea because it can attract customers who may want to come in and shop while their vehicles charge (20 minutes in the case of some vehicles). It is convenient for customers as well, because a store is a great place to stop.

However, it’s always important to remember that you can live without public charging stations (unless you need to drive across the country) if you carefully plan your trips. There are home EV chargers that can provide faster charge times, so that you can wake up to a full charge every morning, without having to stop anywhere.

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