Walmart and Sam’s Club currently have nearly 1,300 EV charging stations across the country at 280 locations, so shoppers have access to charging stations. Their new goal is to have an electric vehicle charging network up and running by 2030. This allows Walmart customers and Sam’s Club members the ability to charge while they are shopping inside. Walmart and Sam’s Club are able to provide EV drivers with fast charging stations in all types of communities because 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of either store. They also have a goal to achieve zero emissions by 2040.
Companies are seeing major benefits from EV charging stations being implemented into their business strategy. By positioning themselves as being environmentally friendly and promoting sustainability, they are able to attract new talent and customers. It also improves the working conditions for employees by providing them with new amenities. EV chargers also give businesses an additional stream of revenue.
Walmart is not the first chain store to begin investing in EV charging stations. Subway has begun an EV charging oasis at certain locations which includes EV charging stations and an outdoor area for families to wait and rest while vehicles charge. The federal government and individual states are taking action to provide EV charging stations along major highways to long-distance drivers have the means to stop and charge.