Walmart, one of the world’s largest retailers, has announced a major plan to expand its electric vehicle (EV) charging network across the United States.
By 2030, Walmart intends to install thousands of new EV fast-charging stations at its Walmart and Sam’s Club locations, in addition to the nearly 1,300 EV charging stations that the company already operates at more than 280 U.S. facilities.
With a store or club located within 10 miles of approximately 90% of Americans, Walmart is in a unique position to deliver a convenient charging option that will help make EV ownership possible for people in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
The company’s goal is to meet the needs of customers and members where they live and open the road to those driving across the country. Easy access to on-the-go charging is a game-changer for drivers who have been hesitant to purchase an EV for concerns they won’t be able to find a charger in a clean, bright and safe location when needed.
EV chargers will be located on-site with Walmart’s Supercenters, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam’s Clubs, allowing customers and members to pick up essentials for their families or grab a bite to eat while they charge.
The company aims to offer Every Day Low Price charging to help ease transportation costs, which are still the second-highest household cost for much of the country.
This move is not just good for consumers, but also for the environment. As more drivers transition to EVs, Walmart’s network growth will help expand domestic EV charging capacity across states.
The company sees its commitment today as a natural extension of its work to help customers and members live better, easier, and more sustainable lives. It is a big win for busy families and drivers everywhere, the country, and the planet.
Investment in zero emissions
This plan marks the latest investment in Walmart’s efforts to transform its business and product supply chains to be more regenerative, in this case, helping reduce emissions and increase efficiencies for customers.
Walmart has announced tests across its supply chain vehicle and fuel classes toward its goal of achieving zero emissions by 2040. As of last year, many of Walmart’s W+ customers have already been receiving their deliveries via electric vehicles.
Walmart’s announcement reflects the fast-changing landscape of the automotive industry. The company is committed to providing customers, members, associates, suppliers, and communities with the services they need and want, in a way that fits their lifestyle – making EV ownership easy and simple is no exception.