EV charging is becoming a trendy new amenity that businesses can offer to attract customers and make them stay a bit longer – but what kinds of businesses can benefit? Grocery stores could be likely candidates – doing the weekly shopping usually takes long enough that one could add enough charge to get back home or run the next errand.
Network operator ChargePoint already has over 2,000 grocery store charging locations in 45 states in its network. Regional and national grocery chains using ChargePoint include Harris Teeter and Fred Meyer.
ChargePoint offers several features designed to help grocery stores get the most out of their charging stations. The Connections feature allows stores to connect with EV drivers who use their stations and extend special offers such as coupons. Drivers can use the ChargePoint app to see current station status and popular charging times, and also to recommend a favorite store where they’d like to see a charging station installed.