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06/15/2021

Giant Food joins in Maryland electric vehicle charging effort

Dan Berthiaume
Senior Editor, Technology
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A mid-Atlantic grocer is partnering with state authorities and an electric vehicle (EV) charging provider to provide free EV charging across Maryland.

Landover, Md.-based Giant Food is collaborating with the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) and Volta Charging to offer 100 brand-sponsored, complimentary charging stations situated in prime locations across Maryland.
 
The sponsored Volta Charging stations are available at Giant Food stores, along with local attractions such as the Mall of Columbia and Inner Harbor in Baltimore. Volta Charging equipment incorporates marketing messaging on the charging station’s screens, which allows the public to utilize the chargers at no cost.
 
EV charging stations are becoming an increasingly popular complementary offering at retail stores. Chains including 7-Eleven, Macy’s, Walmart, and Meijer are all rolling out EV charging stations. 
 
“We now have 74 Volta kiosks installed at Giant Food locations across our market area,” said Ira Kress, president of Giant Food. “As part of our continued sustainability commitments, we are furthering our actions to reduce carbon emissions through our business practices and key partnerships. We are happy to partner with Volta to provide on-site charging options for our EV customers, and a quick, convenient, and complimentary service that supports their personal efforts to live more sustainably.”
 
“We’re proud to work with Maryland Energy Administration to provide greater access to open, reliable and convenient charging infrastructure that underpins the massive shift to electric vehicles,” said Scott Mercer, founder and CEO of Volta Charging.  “Volta is a key component of Giant Food’s visionary Better Neighbor program focused on building healthy communities today and tomorrow. This relationship allowed us to work together with the state of Maryland to offer alternative fueling solutions for drivers at the places they like to go, while also supporting the goal of wellness and a cleaner environment for all Marylanders.”