Kohl’s Department Store continues to lead in green energy offerings to its customers with the expansion of electric vehicle charging stations into the Albany, NY area. Installation of electric vehicle charging stations at Kohl’s locations began in December 2011 with a pilot program at 33 stores. Each targeted store had one to four stations with reserved parking spaces, depending on predicted use.
The stations were and continue to be free to EV uses while they shop. Charging stations can be activated by EV drivers in various ways including radio frequency identification (RFID) cards available at Kohl’s customer service desk and via phone numbers provided on the charging stations. To maximize the number of participating Kohl’s stores, the company partnered with ECOtality Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY) and CoulombTechnologies on the installation of these charging stations. As a participant in their respective EV infrastructure pilot programs they were funded partially through the U.S. Department of Energy. Currently, the company partners with Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK), ChargePoint and ECOtality Inc. (NASDAQ:ECTY) on its EV charging station program.
“Kohl’s pilot of electric vehicle charging stations demonstrates our commitment to advancing environmental solutions
in a meaningful and tangible way for our customers,” said John Worthington, Kohl’s chief administrative officer. “Not
only are these stations an added shopper convenience, they also encourage environmental responsibility among our
shoppers. We will continue to explore additional locations to pilot charging stations at our stores nationwide.”
The original locations were in Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. EV charging station installations have now expanded to 148 stations at 76 stores in twenty states.
The two EV charge stations were installed at the Clifton Park, NY store in September 2013. Additional stations were installed at the Colonie store. The Kohl’s store in Clifton Park was Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Silver) certified in 2012 (this is a designation awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council). The location also achieved its Energy Star certification in 2008.
Kohl’s EV charging station initiative supports Kohl's commitment to being a leading environmentally
responsible retailer through strategies including waste reduction and recycling, environmentally responsible building design and operation, use and support of renewable energy, energy efficiency initiatives, supply chain sustainability efforts and stakeholder engagement. To date, Kohl’s has more than 120 solar locations, more than 700 ENERGY STAR®-labeled locations and nearly 300 LEED-certified locations nationwide. Kohl’s also ranks first in retail and second overall on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of top green power partners, purchasing enough green power to offset 100 percent of its purchased electricity use.
“Since Kohl’s EV charging station initiative began in December 2011, it has received extremely positive
feedback from our customers who are excited about the added convenience,” said Worthington, in a recent press release. “From our solar program to our green building efforts, Kohl’s has been pleased
to be able to grow sustainability programs that make sense for our business, customers and communities –
and our EV program is one more great example.”
Additional information about Kohl’s environmental efforts is available at www.KohlsGreenScene.com. Kohl’s
comprehensive environmental program, Advancing Environmental Solutions, is part of the Kohl’s Cares®
philanthropic platform, committed to making communities happier, healthier, greener places to live and work.
Additional information about Kohl’s Cares is available at www.Kohls.com/Cares.
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