Walgreen Co. announced today it will install charging stations for electric vehicles as part of a Chicago-area public charging infrastructure rollout led by California-based 350Green LLC.
Already, more than 150 private charging stations have been installed throughout the city, and an additional 280 public charging stations have been announced for the Chicago area. Walgreens is the first company is the first retail partner to formally announce their participation in the $8.9 million project.
On Tuesday, the retail chain showed off their first Level 2 charging station with Gov. Pat Quinn at a drug store in Oak Park. The Level 2 station can add 25 miles of range per hour of charge.
Walgreens said they plan to install about 30 additional charging stations in Chicago-area stores beginning this summer.
“For our customers with electric vehicles, we will offer some of the area’s best corners to help give people the confidence to drive longer distances while having access to charging stations,” Walgreens President and CEO Greg Wasson said in a statement.
The company said the charging stations are part of a larger initiative to green their stores. The Oak Park Walgreens uses a geothermal heating and cooling system and stores in Logan Square in Chicago and in Normal are LEED-certified.