Electrify America and Walmart say more than 120 ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now operational and open to the public at the supermarkets across the US.

Building upon the original commitment in April last year, the companies are planning to expand the relationship in the coming years with additional Electrify America charging stations located at Walmart stores.

Electrify America’s continued collaboration with Walmart is expected to make the retailer one of the largest retail hosts of electric vehicle charging stations in the US.

The first 120 Walmart sites with Electrify America chargers are located across 34 US States. Most of the new stations are at Walmart stores off major highways, with dozens more chargers planned for major metro areas.

Walmart’s first Electrify America EV charging station was opened to the public in July, 2018 in Hope, Arizona. In the succeeding 11 months, Electrify America and Walmart have opened on average one new EV charging station every three days.

Currently, a significant number of commercial EV charging stations in the US are concentrated on the east and west coasts or in major urban areas. Through the Electrify America-Walmart collaboration, EV users will have increased access to services near highways, rural communities and driving routes in other sections of the country.

EV drivers can now travel across the country on major interstates and highways with a large concentration of EV chargers along US interstates.

Examples of routes include Houston to Chicago via I-45, I-35 and I-44, San Antonio to St Louis via I-35 and I-44 and Washington DC to Savannah, GA via I-95.  

“This milestone marks an important moment in the expansion of our charging station network,” said Electrify America COO, Brendan Jones.

“We look forward to continuing our work with Walmart to make electric vehicle charging faster and more convenient for consumers across the country, and in turn, encourage more adoption of zero emission vehicles.”

Additional Electrify America charging stations are expected to be installed at Walmart stores located in urban areas such as the District of Columbia and 46 States including California, the largest electric vehicle market in the US. Prior to its EV charging station expansion with Electrify America, Walmart was an early adopter of EV technology, providing EV chargers at around 100 store locations starting with first installations almost ten years ago.

Electrify America chargers at Walmart stores feature 150 kilowatt (kW) and 350kW DC Fast Chargers. Chargers at this power can charge a vehicle at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute.

Electrify America, which is investing US$2bn during the next ten years in electric vehicle infrastructure and education, plans to deploy more than 2,000 chargers across 484 sites in 17 metropolitan areas and on highways.

Stations will be located at EV charging stops with access to retail, dining, parking and other facilities.