Raley's Supermarkets worked with NRG eVgo to unveil an electric vehicle (EV) fast charging station at a retail location in Northern California that features both industry standard fast chargers: CHAdeMO and SAE Combo.
Located at Nob Hill supermarket in Mountain View, this Freedom Station is the first to incorporate the new SAE Combo fast charge standard, according to the company.
"NRG eVgo is proud to offer this Northern California EV industry first in partnership with grocery industry leader Raley's. Now, drivers on the peninsula have reliable and convenient charging at another great Bay Area shopping location as well as access to all industry charging standards," said Terry O'Day, VP of NRG eVgo in California. "Together with this Freedom Station, both companies are serving busy families with goods and services that make everyday living easier and healthier."
The Raley's Nob Hill Freedom Station in Mountain View supports all EV drivers, regardless of what kind of electric vehicle they drive and expands the NRG eVgo network to 16 fast charge sites in the Bay Area giving drivers the freedom to comfortably drive electric vehicles throughout the region.
"We are installing these convenient chargers as a service to our very sustainably-minded customers," said Meg Burritt, Raley's director of wellness and sustainability. "This new opportunity to recharge your EV while shopping for groceries at our store is our way of saying thank you for choosing an EV. Raley's is here to make it easier for you to accomplish your daily tasks in a more convenient way."
All Freedom Station sites currently include CHAdeMO DC fast chargers that can charge an electric vehicle in less than 30 minutes, which is about as long as it takes to get grocery shopping done, as well as a standard Level 2 charger to serve EVs that do not have a fast charging option.
Most sites are available 24/7, are positioned near retail stores and restaurants to provide the option to shop or eat while charging and are available to area EV drivers through a variety of charging plans or a no subscription pay per use option.
"Our customers' response to the units so far has been positive," said Dan Dodds, store team leader. "They are excited to be able to charge their cars while shopping with us."
Raley's is a privately owned, family operated supermarket chain with headquarters in West Sacramento, California. The company operates 119 stores in Northern California and Nevada under four banners: Raley's Supermarkets, Bel Air Markets, Nob Hill Foods and Food Source.