Electric car chargers installed

Posted 4/23/19

The Walmart parking lot on Main Street in Madisonville is now the new home of four electric car charging stations that are part of a company-wide effort with Electrify America, an organization that strives to promote Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) adoption by offering transformative energy management solutions.

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Electric car chargers installed

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The Walmart parking lot on Main Street in Madisonville is now the new home of four electric car charging stations that are part of a company-wide effort with Electrify America, an organization that strives to promote Zero-Emission Vehicle (ZEV) adoption by offering transformative energy management solutions.

“The plans for the stations had to be reviewed and an inspection of the proposed site was completed,” said Don Grooms, Code Enforcement with the City of Madisonville. “There was nothing special about it. We just wanted to make sure it did not interfere with any easements.”

Building and electrical permits were also required along with inspections during the construction period. The stations are not to be confused with common Tesla stations, which only charge Tesla vehicles. The stations will charge any electric car in roughly ten minutes time.

It was announced just over a year ago that Electrify America, a Volkswagen subsidiary, would install the stations at more than 100 Walmart locations in 34 U.S. states by mid-2019 in an attempt to bolster charging infrastructure across the country.

“We recognize that electric vehicles are going to grow and become more relevant,” Mark Vanderhelm, vice president for energy at Walmart, told Reuters last year following the announcement. “We are trying to get out in front of that.”

The vehicle charging stations were just a part of Electrify America’s ambitious plan to install over 2,000 chargers at nearly 500 stations across the country by June. 80 percent of the planned Walmart charging stations would be located at store locations alongside highways while the rest would be placed in metro areas.

They have been working tirelessly to install the charging stations since they feel a lack of infrastructure has been seen as a major barrier to the mass adoption of electric vehicles for citizens nationwide.

Groups of four to 10 chargers will be installed at the Walmart charging locations. The Madisonville location currently has four installed, but they are not yet ready for customer use.

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