WALMART has announced plans to install a large number of EV charging stations at its stores across the country, particularly in Iowa.
The new electric car features will also be implemented in some Sam’s Club locations.
It comes after Walmart on Thursday announced its plans to implement thousands of fast charging points for electric vehicles by 2030.
Walmart currently has 1,300 charging stations across the country at 280 of its locations.
While it is still identifying suppliers to the stations, it hopes to eventually own and operate the charging points in its national network.
Around four charging stations are planned at each location involved in the grid expansion.
Iowa will be a key state to focus on for new deployments due to the rising popularity of electric vehicles.
According to the latest figures from the Iowa Department of Transportation, at least three electric vehicles are legal in each county in the state.
These included the most rural areas and are growing in popularity as EV sales in the state have tripled in the last three years.
It is hoped that this large network will encourage more Americans to switch to green energy vehicles.
Vishal Kapadia, Senior Vice President of Energy Transformation, said in a statement, “Easy access to on-the-go charging is a game changer for drivers who have previously been hesitant to buy an electric vehicle because of concerns they cannot find a charger when needed in a clean, bright, and safe place.”
He found that the more than 4,700 Walmart stores and 600 Sam’s Clubs are all within 10 miles of about 90 percent of Americans.
Walmart said, “We are uniquely positioned to offer a convenient charging option that will help enable electric vehicle ownership whether people live in rural, suburban or urban areas.”
“We can offer customers and members the convenience of picking up essentials for their family or having something to eat while they charge.
“And in line with our goal, we want to offer low prices every day – which helps reduce the cost of transportation, which is still the second-highest household cost in much of our country.”
According to a forecast by S&P Global Mobility, around 40 percent of new vehicles will be electric vehicles by 2030.
More and more retailers and companies need to focus on implementing a vast network of charging points.
This comes after data from S&P Global Mobility showed “charging infrastructure is nowhere near robust enough to fully support a maturing electric vehicle market.”