Meijer, the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based supercenter chain, plans to install electric vehicle charging stations at several of its Michigan stores. The first charging station was unveiled at the Meijer store in Warren, Michigan (not far from the GM Tech Center), and will be followed by stores in Allen Park and Holland, Michigan. Each store will receive two charging stations which can be used by Meijer customers at no cost.
The plug-in charging stations are manufactured by Coulomb Technologies and provide Level 1 and Level 2 options, and meet the SAE J1772 standard adopted by automakers.
Meijer is obtaining the charging stations through Roseville, Mich.-based Shocking Solutions, a provider of plug-in vehicle infrastructure solutions and consulting. Shocking Solutions is the Midwest’s exclusive distribution partner for Coulomb Technologies. Installation of the units is being handled by Waterford, Mich.-based ChargeNow.
The purchase and installation of these units represents an investment of nearly $100,000 by Meijer. In 2011, Meijer plans to expand this initiative by installing additional charging stations in 10 to 20 more stores throughout the Midwest.
Meijer operates 195 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.