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|Really fast electric-car charging stations coming to a Walmart near you|
Electrify America, an organization born out of the Volkswagen emissions settlement, plans to install an unspecified number of DC fast-charge stations at 100 Walmart stores across the country.
Not only should this give electric car drivers a convenient place to charge while they buy groceries and other essentials, it may also play an important role in making fast electric car chargers a common sight for mainstream American Walmart shoppers.
Electrify America says that the Walmart installations will include DC fast chargers with up to 350-kw of power that can replenish 20 miles of range per minute—plenty to fill up your 200-mile electric car while you shop.
The company notes that that’s about seven times faster than most of today’s fast chargers outside the Tesla Supercharger network.
The fast chargers will include both CHAdeMO and CCS Combo plugs to accommodate the widest variety of electric cars on the road. (CHAdeMO connections will provide only 50 kw, or about three miles of range per minute.)
Alongside the fast chargers, the company will install standard Level 2, 240-volt chargers for electric cars and plug-in hybrids that don’t have DC fast-charge capability.
Both types of chargers will be equipped with credit-card readers so they’re accessible to just about any electric car driver; they don’t require membership in a charging service.