MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis.–(Kohl’s Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) today announced that the company will pilot electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at 33 Kohl’s stores nationwide. Each participating Kohl’s store will have one to four parking spaces reserved for EV drivers to charge at no cost while they shop. Charging stations can be activated by EV drivers in various ways including radio frequency identification (RFID) cards available at Kohl’s customer service desk and via phone numbers provided on the charging stations. To maximize the number of participating Kohl’s stores, the company is partnering with ECOtality Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY) and Coulomb Technologies on the installation of these charging stations and as a participant in their respective EV infrastructure pilot programs funded partially through the U.S. Department of Energy.)–
“Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”
“Kohl’s pilot of electric vehicle charging stations demonstrates our commitment to advancing environmental solutions in a meaningful and tangible way for our customers,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “Not only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”
14 Kohl’s Stores Part of EV Project
Kohl’s has partnered with ECOtality, Inc. to install Blink® Pedestal EV charging stations at 14 Kohl’s locations across Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. Each Kohl’s store will have a minimum of two reserved parking spots for EVs, and several sites have up to four chargers.
ECOtality is the project manager of The EV Project, in which the company will oversee the installation of commercial and residential charging stations in 18 major cities and metropolitan areas in six states and the District of Columbia. The project will provide an EV infrastructure to support the deployment of EVs in these key markets. The project is a public-private partnership, funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy through a federal stimulus grant and made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). ECOtality charging stations will be available at select Kohl’s stores through the duration of The EV Project, which runs through December 31, 2012, after which Kohl’s will assess opportunities to continue or expand upon the effort. More information about The EV Project is available at www.theevproject.com.
19 Kohl’s Stores Part of ChargePoint America Program
To further increase the number of stores piloting electric vehicle charging stations, Kohl’s has partnered with Coulomb Technologies to install charging stations at 19 additional stores that will be part of Coulomb’s ChargePoint® Network, the largest online network of electric vehicle charging stations and drivers. One Coulomb c