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350Green LogoElectric vehicle owners should soon be able to plug in their autos while stopping off for some toothpaste and a refill on Rogaine. Walgreens, the largest drugstore chain in the United States, will be hosting EV charging stations thanks to an agreement with 350Green that will see EV chargers added to 425 Walgreen locations across the country.

The press release doesn't mention it, but other sites are saying that the charges could cost a pretty penny: between $3 and $4 for a charge. Plugin Cars makes a good point that this would be more expensive than gasoline for some vehicles, and that's not fitting with the otherwise low running costs of EVs.

Though 350Green's charging stations will eventually be spread from coast to coast, the first phase of up to 60 stations will be centered on the New York City area. Most sites will be Level 2 charging stations, but 10 locations will include DC Fast Charge Stations, meaning that owners of compatible vehicles will be able to recharge their EVs to around 80 percent full in around 20 minutes – probably faster than you can get a refill on medication to fight range anxiety. Look for the full press release after the jump.


[Source: 350Green, Plugin Cars]
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350Green and Walgreens to Bring Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to the New York Metropolitan Area

The agreement will help accelerate development of charging station network in America's biggest city that has high adoption rate of electric vehicles and great need for fuel-efficient vehicles

Los Angeles (July 21, 2011) - 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging station networks, today announced an agreement with Walgreens (NYSE, NASDAQ: WAG), the nation's largest drugstore chain, to offer convenient access to EV charging stations. 350Green will install chargers at a total of 425 Walgreen locations, starting with the New York City metropolitan area.

With the first phase of installations scheduled for up to as many as 60 charging stations, including 10 DC Fast stations in the New York City region, which will provide an ideal platform for creating infrastructure needed to support EVs as they roll off the production line.

"As a part of our comprehensive sustainably program – PlaNYC – we have been working to arm New Yorkers with the facts about electric vehicles and to green City government's own vehicle fleet by adding electric cars," said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. "We have been working to increase the number of public charging stations in the City, but we need to see more locations for public recharging if we want to increase the number of electric vehicles on city streets. Walgreens and 350Green are making it easier for New Yorkers to choose electric cars over gas ones – an important step towards cleaning our air, fighting climate change, and reducing our dependence on oil."

Early focus on EV infrastructure has been on charging in home garages. However, the high number of residents in cities without access to a garage limits motorists' participation in the EV revolution. By creating a network of public charging stations, widely and conveniently located near where residents live and work, EV ownership becomes a universal option.

"Now, as more Americans embrace environmentally sustainable technologies, our convenient locations make us uniquely positioned to help address the concern around accessibility or 'range confidence'," said Walgreens President of Community Management and Operations Mark Wagner. "We look forward to becoming a destination for EV drivers looking to charge up."

Depending on location and timing, 350Green will install either DC Fast Chargers, which can charge an EV in about 20 minutes, or Level 2 charging stations.

"To date the Department of Energy has invested $4.8 billion into the EV industry, laying the foundation for the free market to take over," said Mariana Gerzanych, CEO of 350Green. "We
are excited to see private companies stepping in and investing as well. This project alone will create 54 jobs and will begin to generate jobs throughout the supply chain in other areas."

About 350Green
350Green is a project developer that designs, builds and operates a scalable, nationwide network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. The company partners with retailers, commercial property managers and developers, and municipalities to locate charging stations at places near where EV drivers live and work. Current projects are underway in Chicago, Pennsylvania and California. The company has signed partnerships with Walgreens and Simon Property Group, among others. For more information visit www.350green.com.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (www.walgreens.com) is the nation's largest drugstore chain with fiscal 2010 sales of $67 billion. The company operates 7,733 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each day, Walgreens provides nearly 6 million customers the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice in communities across America. Walgreens scope of pharmacy services includes retail, specialty, infusion, medical facility and mail service, along with respiratory services. These services improve health outcomes and lower costs for payers including employers, managed care organizations, health systems, pharmacy benefit managers and the public sector. Take Care Health Systems is a Walgreens subsidiary that is the largest and most comprehensive manager of worksite health and wellness centers and in-store convenient care clinics, with more than 700 locations throughout the country.


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      markkiernan
      • 3 Years Ago
      $4 a charge, are they nuts? Must do some research on Walgreens to see which oil company owns them.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @markkiernan
        And what are you supposed to do while waiting for your car to charge? Shop in walgreens? Are you nuts! That place is a retail wasteland. The store layout is designed to make it hard to find the one thing your want to buy. Overhead music is designed to distract you so your make impulse purchases. Every isle has some flat screen playing commercials on repeat. I hate walgreens. I don't like to spend 5 minutes in a store let alone a couple of hours. I will use the charger next to the bookstore or movie theater.
      Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would have no problem paying $3-$4 per charge, if they are generating it from renewable power. And if it helps expand the number of chargers. It isn't like I plan on using them everyday either. The next big question that nobody is asking is, how do I know that this charger is available when I get there. If I drive 70 miles, and need a charger to get back home, is there a reservation system? I don't want to have to wait in line for 4-5 hours for the car that is there to finish charging, and then spend another 2-3 hours charging back up myself. And is there a way that these chargers lock themselves during the charge cycle and unlock themselves after the car is full so the next person can use it without the first car driver coming back? That is if the parking spot next to the first car is free. I'm thinking that the majority of charging will be done at your house, and if you happen to find a charger, bonus, but you still won't count of it yet.
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        All good questions. ChargePoint.net allows you to see if a charger is available, and reserve it online (phone app also available android & iphone) Blink Network does the same, but seems to be a little behind the ChargePoint network. Of course they don't talk to each other so you have to separately check each network. The "Chargers" (actually the chargers are in the cars - these are really only safety breakers) don't lock in the cars only the stations themselves. But you can have them txt you if your vehicle is unplugged. With the current low usage of these stations, not sure how the reservations work. If you reserve a station and then don't show up, what then? If you reserve a station and somebody else shows up, does it refuse to charge them? Hasn't been an issue so far, but in the future, we'll see.
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        I think you make some valid points. But I think the best location for charging posts, is in parking stations. The driver could choose the length of parking and charge accordingly. If wireless charging could be made economical, EV's could simply receive a 'top up' as part of the parking fee. ( maybe that's a little futuristic)
        Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ryan
        *won't count on it yet.
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      I say we make a list of local business that should have a quick charge station available. Shopping Malls, Movie Theaters, DMVs, Schools, CostCo, Starbucks, Rest Stops and such. Public charging infrastructure is definitely the key to public acceptance of EVs.
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Although I love the Idea of EV chargers at Walgreens for everyone to see, its a classic case of selling yourself out to get rapid adoption. 350Green is footing the bill for the rollout which is pretty awesome but they need to get that money back somehow. Its either you buy your own EV charger OR you let some company do it for you and let them dictate how much you pay in the future. The latter model seems to come with a monthly subscription but if an entire area if blanked by one company nothing will stop them from charging 150,250,350 a month for unlimited charging. I think the best bet for them is too give the electricity away for free and in the future subsidize that with advertisements on the chargers themselves. Many EV chargers come with an LCD display that can be used to show a 10 or possibly 30 second clip. Before you charge for free you would have to watch the clip before you can get free charging. 350Green should rethink their strategy on this one.
        markkiernan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        Couldn't they have sold the charge for a dollar each and then split the price and told Walgreens that they would make the money back over a number of years.
      Leo Chan
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would pay $5 for a quick charge in Los Angeles in a heartbeat, as it is perfect for weekend getaways.
      briang19
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, who actually shops at Walgreens long enough to get more than a 20 second charge? It's kinda like having a charging station at a Burger King drivethru window.
        Naturenut99
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        Not that its a long time, but for those of us that wait for prescriptions every month and actually do shop there it is worth while. An hour charge (240v*30a) = up to 7200 watts. Not that we would always be there for an hour... 5,000 watts / 350 watts/mi = 14 miles. 3500 watts / 350 w/mi = 10 miles which would be about a half hour, which is easily doable and has value.
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @briang19
        Many Walgreens are next door to grocery stores, so it might be handy there. But generally, Walgreens are more likely to be by themselves, and having a Level 2 charger that costs $2-$3 is more about visibility than utility. The more you see chargers around town, the more likely you might be to consider buying an EV over a gasser.
      BipDBo
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe I'm just thinking like a typical male, but does the 350 green logo reminds me of a uterus
        Marco Polo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Thats, very interesting Mr BipDBo, unfortunately we'll have to leave it there for today, we'll take it up on your next appointment....
        Ele Truk
        • 3 Years Ago
        @BipDBo
        Well, until you brought it up, I didn't think so. But now that you mention it...
      SealtestDark
      • 3 Years Ago
      What do you want to bet you won't be able to reach the charger because there will be a hulking V8 SUV parked in the spot? Given how often I see people take handicap spots because they don't want to walk the extra distance to enter a store I have a feeling that these spots will frequently be hijacked by vehicles that do not need them - it will all come down to how close to the door they are.
        markkiernan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SealtestDark
        Use your key on the side ;) If it happens enough times they will stop parking there.
        Naturenut99
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SealtestDark
        I have already had that happen several times in Chicago. 2 different garages. The last one there were 4 spots and all 4 were full of non-EV/PHEV's! I had to ask to get out without being charged, thank god they did but it wasnt quick. The drivers in Chicago need a quick wakeup call about parking in these spots. Immediately they need tickets but really they should be towed!
      Jared
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why in the world would buy a stupid EV?
      Michael
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just got a clarification by 350Green on Twitter that the Plug-in took the price out of context. This is their response to my question, "It was taken out of context by Plug-In article. Majority of services are monthly subscriptions=$80/mo all u can charge off-peak."
        Leo Chan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Michael
        if that's the case, how is this different than the company Evgo?
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