Meijer Offers Free 'Juice' For Electric Vehicles 11-04-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Meijer Offers Free 'Juice' For Electric Vehicles 11-04-2010

Meijer will soon have a way for electric vehicle owners to charge up while they shop.
The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain has announced plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at several of its Michigan stores.
“This is a very exciting step for Meijer as we continue to look for ways to expand our sustainability initiatives,” said Julie Croll, senior vice president of properties. “The key to our success through the years has been innovation, and we look at sustainability the same way."
The first charging station was unveiled Thursday at the Meijer store in Warren, Mich., and will be followed by stores in Allen Park and Holland. Each store will receive two charging stations, which can be used by Meijer customers at no cost.
"Whether we are providing our customers with reusable 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,” continued Croll.
The plug-in charging stations are manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, based in Campbell, Calif. Providing 120V and 240V options, Meijer said the chargers represent the most current vehicle charging technology and meet the SAE J1772 standard adopted by automakers.
Meijer said the purchase and installation of the units represents an investment of nearly $100,000 by the grocery and retail chain. In 2011, Meijer said it plans to expand this initiative by installing additional charging stations in 10 to 20 more stores throughout the Midwest.
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