If you shop at an IKEA in the U.S. in the coming months, you’ll likely see Electrify America working hard on installing new EV chargers. The two companies have announced a collaboration that will result in over 200 individual ultra-fast chargers across over 25 IKEA retail locations in 18 states: Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Washington. The project will quadruple the total number of EV chargers IKEA currently has and is another step towards the furniture company’s ambition to become a circular and climate positive business by 2030. IKEA is also working towards achieving zero-emission home deliveries by 2025, and halving relative emissions from customer and co-worker travel by 2030. The first of these expansions are expected to open late 2022, and you can expect all of the new chargers to be installed by the end of next year.
As for IKEA’s EV delivery fleet, the company has selected Electrify Commercial to provide over 225 individual chargers across the sites. This marks the first time both Electrify America and Electrify Commercial are installing public and fleet chargers at the same time for a project. “At IKEA, we believe that we must work together with our partners to tackle climate change and create solutions for a greener future. This collaboration with Electrify America will not only bring ultra-fast public chargers to our stores for the first time but it will also help us take a big leap as we work towards our targets to become circular and climate positive,” said Javier Quiñones, CEO & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA U.S. “We look forward to continuing to innovate around new ways we can make our everyday lives more sustainable.”
Online, IKEA has sort of become a hotspot for EV sightings as the popular furniture store has supported public EV charging for quite some time now. If you ever want to take a look at a BEV in person since they’re so hard to come across at dealerships right now, head over to your local IKEA. You’ll be surprised how any BEVs might be parked up front, from Porsche Taycans to Chevrolet Bolts. And then, of course, there’s the joke that IKEA shoppers don’t necessarily need ultra-fast charging, since they’ll be stuck inside the store for at least a few hours anyways.