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Target is ‘charging’ up

BY Marianne Wilson

Target is accelerating its electrical vehicle initiative.

The discounter currently has electric vehicle charging stations at 18 sites across California, Hawaii, Minnesota, North Carolina and Texas. It’s expanding the effort to more than 600 parking spaces at over 100 sites across more than 20 states.

Target said that charging stations will also be a feature that it will considers when it evaluates new stores and their associated parking footprints.

“Accelerating our efforts to install new charging stations at Target stores across the country is one way we’re building on our commitment to investing in solutions that leave our communities better for future families,” said John Leisen, VP, property management, Target. “And it’s an opportunity to work with industry-leading partners to bring a more convenient shopping experience to guests as we look to design lower-carbon solutions throughout our entire operation.”

Target’s partners in the charging ramp up are Tesla, ÇhargePoint and Electrify America.

The electrical vehicle program are part of Target’s carbon reduction efforts. In other example, the company supports renewable energy by offsetting a portion of its energy needs with solar and wind power. It is on its way to having 500 stores with rooftop solar panels by 2020, and working toward a goal to be 100% renewable overall.

In recognition of its efforts, Target is a three-time Energy Star Partner of the Year. Also, the Solar Energy Industries Association has named Target the top corporate solar installer in the U.S. two years in a row.

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