Kroger adding electric-vehicle charging stations in West Coast stores

Ecotality Inc. expands partnership with Kroger

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CINCINNATI - The Kroger Co. announced a deal to install electric-vehicle charging stations at 125 locations in Phoenix, San Diego and Los Angeles.

It's an expansion of a partnership with San Francisco-based Ecotality Inc., which previously installed charging stations at 60 Kroger stores in Oregon and Washington and 14 in Texas.

"As plug-in electric and hybrid cars are becoming more popular with our customers, we are pleased to offer the convenience of electric vehicle charging stations at more of our stores in markets with the highest demand," Kroger spokesman Keith Dailey, Kroger said in a press release. "Kroger is excited to contribute to the growth of this national network."

The deal involves a $1.5 million investment by Kroger and a multi-million dollar investment between the companies. Kroger has no plans to bring the Ecotality partnership to the Cincinnati area, although it does have two EV charging pods available to employees at its Gateway Garage in Over-the-Rhine.

"I see a Chevy Volt charging there most mornings," Dailey said via email.

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