MediaPost reports that "Ikea is partnering with Electrify America to quadruple the number of electric vehicle chargers at its U.S. stores … the retailer will bring ultra-fast public charging stations and delivery fleet electric vehicle charging to at least 25 stores … In total, there will be more than 200 individual ultra-fast chargers offering the fastest charging speeds available today – 150kW to 350kW – at Ikea retail locations in 18 states including Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Washington.
"The first locations are expected to open in late 2022 and be completed by the end of 2023."
The story notes that "Ikea has the goal of reaching zero-emission home deliveries by 2025 and halving relative emissions from customer and co-worker travel by 2030."
It is an interesting development, especially in view of the New York Times story the other day about how "the electric vehicle revolution is nearly here, but its arrival is being slowed by a fundamental problem: The chargers where people refuel these cars are often broken.
"One recent study found that about a quarter of the public charging outlets in the San Francisco Bay Area, where electric cars are commonplace, were not working.
A major effort is underway to build hundreds of thousands of public chargers — the federal government alone is spending $7.5 billion. But drivers of electric cars and analysts said that the companies that install and maintain the stations need to do more to make sure those new chargers and the more than 120,000 that already exist are reliable.
"Many sit in parking lots or in front of retail stores where there is often no one to turn to for help when something goes wrong. Problems include broken screens and buggy software. Some stop working mid-charge, while others never start in the first place.
"Some frustrated drivers say the problems have them second-guessing whether they can fully abandon gas vehicles, especially for longer trips."
- KC's View:
Does this presage a new era in which retailers invest in working EV chargers that may make them preferred locations for consumers? I would think so.