Electrify America is collaborating with Midwestern retailer, Meijer to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at nine of its stores across Illinois and Michigan.

The stations will offer a total of 36 ultra-fast public EV chargers, increasing the availability of public charging options in the greater Chicago area and throughout the State of Michigan.

With a station in Bloomingdale, Illinois, already open, the network plans to have all locations available for use by early 2021.

"Meijer supercentres are known for being convenient 'one-stop' shops for everything from groceries to apparel," said Electrify America senior director of operations, Anthony Lambkin.

"By offering electric vehicle charging stations on-site, we are providing another amenity for customers who can charge their electric vehicles with our ultra-fast chargers while they shop."

Electrify America chargers range in power from 150 kilowatt (kW) to 350kW, depending on location. An EV capable of accepting a 350kW charge can add around 20 miles of range per minute of charging.

To date, Electrify America has 480 charging stations with more than 2,100 DC fast chargers and another 100-plus sites in development.

By the end of 2021, Electrify America plans to install or have in development, approximately 800 total charging stations with around 3,500 DC fast chargers.