Hannaford opens fast-charging stations at 10 stores
For Immediate Release:
Sept. 23, 2016
Network of 10 fast-charging, electric-vehicle stations launched at Hannaford
Scarborough, Maine -- Hannaford Supermarkets on Friday formally launched 10 fast-charging electric vehicle charging stations at stores in Maine and in Greater Albany. The five Maine locations are the first major retail sites in the state to offer electric vehicle owners the chance to charge up their cars when they go shopping.
A partnership between Hannaford, Nissan and the EVgo Fast Charging network on Friday formally opened the stations for public use, as well as five locations in the Albany, NY area.
The Maine locations are in Portland (Forest Avenue), South Portland (Maine Mall), Topsham, York and Augusta (Whitten Road.) The five New York locations opened as part of the Nissan, EVgo partnership are located in Guilderland, Troy, Voorheesville, Albany and Wynantskill.
"These stations provide a backbone of fast-charge stations in Maine that not only offer a convenient service to customers and other local residents, but also support the growth of zero-emission vehicle use statewide," said George Parmenter, Hannaford Manager of Sustainability. "Customers can recharge and do their grocery shopping in the same trip."
Nissan has been working to add charging stations nationally through its No Charge to Charge program that provides two years of complimentary fast charging with the purchase or lease of a new Nissan LEAF.
“Grocery retailers are an excellent fit for public fast charging as it allows EV drivers to easily incorporate charging into their day-to-day driving routines,” said Brian Maragno, director, Nissan EV Sales and Marketing. “We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with Hannaford to make more fast charging available to EV drivers in the Northeast.”
The new stations are the most sophisticated charging stations in Maine, because they use three phase DC power and offer access to any vehicle with a fast charger port using either connector standard (CHAdeMO or SAE Combo Connector). Hannaford’s DC Fast Chargers provide drivers a charging experience similar to re-filling at gas stations, allowing vehicles to significantly recharge their batteries within 20 minutes, conveniently enhancing vehicle range around town or for longer trips.
“We are excited to partner with Hannaford Supermarkets to expand our national network throughout the northeast,” says EVgo Vice President, Terry O’Day. “We are passionate about providing both high quality and convenient charging locations to our customers. The new fast chargers provide drivers with easy access to charge their electric vehicle while they shop, promoting the ease of ownership and convenience of the EV lifestyle.”
The initiative comes at a time of growing interest in electric vehicles and the expansion of charging station networks nationally and in Maine.
"Hannaford should be praised for its leadership in embracing sustainability and enhancing consumer experience when it comes to driving electric in Maine," said Barry Woods, Director of Electric Mobility NE. "By hosting these charging stations, Hannaford visibly reinforces the reality that these vehicles are available now and provide superior driving experience."
Hannaford now has 15 charging stations in Maine, Vermont and New York, including sites at its corporate headquarters in Scarborough and the store in Camden.
The charger is available to all people with electric vehicles, and users can pay for the electricity with their EVgo account fob, or a credit or debit card right at the charger.
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 179 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com