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Walgreens planning to offer EV charging nationwide

Discussion in 'North America' started by Mycroft, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Mycroft

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    One of the first retailers to wake up and smell some coffee. Where art thou Walmart, Dennys, etc?

    Press release: Walgreens Expects to Become Nation’s Largest Retail Host of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

    Great news! With the success of the Leaf, this just may get the ball rolling!
     
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    Fantastic; this is the start of retailers differentiating themselves by their EV offering. If this truly is DC fast charging then we're really off to the races.
     
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    Hmm.. that's interesting. Whenever I go to a Walgreens, I don't think I spend more than 10 minutes there.
     
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    Exactly!
     
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    Try waiting in line for a prescription during flu season. Sometimes I got stuck there for an hour or so.
     
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    I don't spend more than a few minutes there, either - but I do park and hit multiple stores - so this will still be convenient. And it's one more place to find a charge when traveling.

    Thanks, Walgreens!
     
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    I like the sound of that. Feels like the title line for a magazine ad for Tesla
     
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    There do tend to be more interesting stores around Walgreens. Maybe they will have you purchase something in the store to validate your parking/charge and help drive business.
     
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    I didn't repost it because Blink has been delivering more press releases than substance, but they did announce a partnership to put charging spots at some Ikea stores.
    Each and every deal is nice as it starts paving the way towards ubiquitous charging while shopping someday.
     
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    #10 dsm363, Jul 21, 2011
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    This is great news. Thanks.
    I would have thought someone like Starbucks would have stepped up. Would rather spend a few hours there than a Walgreens but as was mentioned, there are usually other stores with something to do near a Walgreens. Still, great news. Maybe others with catch on too.

    If the Model S goes with whatever the J1772 version of fast charging will be, then their fast chargers may not work but having access to level 2 chargers is still good.
     
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    What would be really useful is for movie theaters have chargers. Anyone know anyone at any of the big theater chains?
     
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    The CEO of FedEx is always talking about how great EVs are (talking about their trucks). I'm all over them to put plugs at the thousand of FedEx Kinkos sites.

    Good on Walgreens though!
     
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    My only peeve is that, for marketing and convenience to power, all of the charging spaces are likely to be placed at the front of the store, probably next to the handicapped parking. Very bad. Unlike in the handicapped parking, lazy boneses know they won't get ticketed in the charging spots.
     
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    Corporate America is beginning to understand the importance of EVs.
     
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    ...The opportunity of EV's :)
     
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    Whatever the market will bear. This is a sunglasses markup.
     
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    My Nissan Leaf Forum View topic - Walgreens Installing 800 Charge Stations before 2012
     

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