Supercenter retailer Meijer Inc. plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at many of its Michigan area stores. The first charging station, installed at the Warren, MI Meijer store, is now operational, and perhaps coincidentally, is located across the street from GM's technical center, a site that has more than its fair share of Chevy Volts roaming around. The retailer's Allen Park store, also located on the state's east side, is slated for the next install. Then, plans shift to the west, where Meijer's Holland, MI supercenter will get charged up. All of the Meijer charging stations will be, as expected, free for customers to use.
Looking ahead, Mejier plans to install 10 to 20 more charging stations at its stores in five Midwest states by the end of 2011. Meijer has opted for chargers from Coulomb Technolgies, no surprise there, and placed its purchase through Roseville, MI-based Shocking Solutions. Installation will be carried out by Waterford, MI-based ChargeNow.

Julie Croll, Meijer's senior vice president of properties and real estate, remarked on the significance of installing chargers at several of the retailer's stores, stating:
This is a very exciting step for Meijer as we continue to look for ways to expand our sustainability initiatives. The key to our success through the years has been innovation, and we look at sustainability the same way. Whether we are providing our customers with re-usable bags, placing rooftop wind turbines on stores or offering charging stations for the electric vehicles, we are committed to searching for innovative ways to be green.
Hit the jump for more on Meijer's plans to charge up Michigan.

[Source: Meijer]

PRESS RELEASE

Meijer to Install Electric Vehicle Charging Stations at Area Stores


Detroit and Grand Rapids-Area Meijer Stores First To Receive New Technology That Allows Customer to Charge Electric Vehicles at No Cost

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 4, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, has announced plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at several of its Michigan stores, the announcement was made today by Julie Croll, senior vice president of properties and real estate for the retailer.

"This is a very exciting step for Meijer as we continue to look for ways to expand our sustainability initiatives," said Croll. "The key to our success through the years has been innovation, and we look at sustainability the same way. Whether we are providing our customers with re-usable bags, placing rooftop wind turbines on stores or offering charging stations for the electric vehicles, we are committed to searching for innovative ways to be green."

The first charging station was unveiled today at the Meijer store in Warren, Michigan, and will be followed by stores in Allen Park and Holland, Michigan. Each store will receive two charging stations which can be used by Meijer customers at no cost.

The plug-in charging stations are manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, based in Campbell, CA. Providing 120V and 240V options, these chargers represent the most current vehicle charging technology and meet the SAE J1772 standard adopted by automakers.

Meijer is obtaining the charging stations through Roseville, Mich.-based Shocking Solutions, a leader in plug-in vehicle infrastructure solutions and consulting. Shocking Solutions is the Midwest's exclusive distribution partner for Coulomb Technologies ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations. Installation of the units is being handled by Waterford, Mich.-based ChargeNow.

The purchase and installation of these units represents an investment of nearly $100,000 by Meijer. In 2011, Meijer plans to expand this initiative by installing additional charging stations in 10-20 more stores throughout the Midwest.

"Meijer's commitment to this project is a great example of their innovative practices and corporate responsibility," said John Auld, C.E.O. of Shocking Solutions. "Our Michigan-based automotive manufacturers as well as the global automotive community have made a tremendous investment into plug-in vehicles. This project not only provides Meijer customers with a location to charge their electric vehicles, it also provides validation and support for the auto industry's efforts."

About Meijer

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 195 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the "one-stop shopping" concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com.


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