MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. (Sept. 6, 2012) — Kohl's Department Stores is expanding its electric vehicle (EV) charging station initiative with 36 new stations across 18 additional Kohl's locations by the end of this fall.
The Menomonee Falls-based retailer said the expansion spans three additional states, including Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, and adds locations to the company's Texas EV program. With the expansion, Kohl's shoppers will be able to take advantage of a total of 101 charging stations at 52 Kohl's locations across 14 states. Each participating location will have two or three parking spaces reserved for EV drivers to charge at no cost while they shop, the company noted.
“Since Kohl's EV charging station initiative began in December 2011, it has received extremely positive feedback from our customers who are excited about the added convenience,” said John Worthington, Kohl's chief administrative officer. “From our solar program to our green building efforts, Kohl's has been pleased to be able to grow sustainability programs that make sense for our business, customers and communities—and our EV program is one more great example.”
The company will be partnering on the project with Duke Energy, ChargePoint and ECOtality Inc.
Kohl's—through a two-year partnership with Duke Energy, as a part of Indiana's Project Plug-IN—installed six charging stations across three central Indiana Kohl's stores this past spring. Additionally, the retailer has expanded its partnership with ECOtality to install 30 EV charging stations at 15 Kohl's locations across Illinois, Texas and Wisconsin. These will be available at select Kohl's stores through Dec. 31, 2013, after which the company said it will assess opportunities to expand the effort.
Charging stations can be activated by EV drivers in various ways, Kohl's said, including radio frequency identification (RFID) cards available at Kohl's customer service desk and via phone numbers provided on the charging stations. The charging station screens will display facts about the company's sustainability efforts, including number of ENERGY STAR-labeled, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified and solar-powered store locations.
The company said in a press release that its EV charging station initiative supports Kohl's “commitment to being a leading environmentally responsible retailer through strategies including waste reduction and recycling, environmentally responsible building design and operation, use and support of renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives, supply chain sustainability efforts and stakeholder engagement.”
To date, Kohl's has more than 120 solar locations, more than 700 ENERGY STAR-labeled locations and nearly 300 LEED-certified locations nationwide.