The two companies will build another 225 chargers dedicated to delivery fleets.
Electrify America will bring the fast-charging EV network to over 25 IKEA stores in 18 different states of the US. The number of fast chargers will be over 220 and have a capacity of up to 350kW. Electrify America is planning to install the first chargers by the end of the year and the remaining ones by the end of the next year.
Ikea USA CEO Javier Quiñones said that their collaboration with Electrify America will bring ultra-fast public chargers to their stores for the first time and will help them become circular and climate positive. Ikea plans to become fully electrified in its deliveries by 2025.
In the light of the electrification of its deliveries, Ikea is also partnering with Electrify America’s commercial division to plant another 225 individual charging at its several business sites. By doing so, Ikea wants to encourage its customers and employees to own electric vehicles. Previously, Blink Level 2 charging stations were installed at multiple IKEA stores as early as 2011.
The latest partnerships between charging networks and B&M businesses
The partnership is the latest one between a charging station network and a brick-and-mortar business. Before this, Volvo and ChargePoint announced that they will plant multiple charging stations at Starbucks locations in five stations and GM will build a coast-to-coast charging network at Pilot and Flying J truck stops. Also, in June, new guidelines by the Biden administration are stated to make EV infrastructure more convenient, affordable, and accessible for the public.
Electrify America is the charging subsidiary of Volkswagen Group and is the largest open DC fast charging network in the U.S., is investing more than $2 billion in Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, education and access.
The company has more than 3,500 fast charging ports at over 800 stations across North America. The latest addition of over 25 IKEA charging stations will contribute to the company’s objective of adding 1,000 stations more by 2026. The new stations of Electrify America are coming soon to the following states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington stat