POSTED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 4:00am
UPDATED: Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 12:57pm
BATON ROUGE, LA — The Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge store is the first retailer in the city to offer two public Electric Vehicle Charging Stations (EVCS).
The store partnered with renewable energy company Solar Alternatives and installed two EVCS in the parking lot. The EVCS are identified with green painted parking spaces and located on the right side of the store. Recharging a vehicle will be complimentary for Whole Foods Market shoppers.
The Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge store will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:00 a.m. today to highlight the new parking spaces and demonstrate how the charging stations function.
“Whole Foods Market is delighted to offer an easy way for electric vehicle owners to refuel their cars while they shop,” said Kristina Bradford, Louisiana community and media relations coordinator. “One of the company’s core values is caring about our communities and our environment, and this project is a natural fit.”
"The Greater Baton Rouge Clean Cities Coalition (GBRCCC) applauds Whole Foods Market Baton Rouge and Solar Alternatives, Inc. for expanding the electric vehicle charging availability in the capital city," remarked Lauren Stuart, GBRCCC executive director and program coordinator.
GBRCCC is supportive of electric vehicles as an affordable, cleaner burning alternative to gasoline fueled cars. The non-profit organization's initiative PlugInLSU offers information on electric vehicles (EV’s) including where drivers in Louisiana can find charging stations for their vehicles. These web-based resources are available to the general public at gbrccc.org and pluginlsu.org.
While internal combustion engines only convert 20 percent of energy stored in gasoline, electric vehicles have zero tailpipe emissions and convert 75 percent of the chemical energy from the batteries to power the wheels. The EVCS provide a new infrastructure of fueling stations to support green vehicles and a few EVCS are also available in Baton Rouge.
Solar Alternatives Founder Jeffrey Cantin emphasized, "Whole Foods Market is showing remarkable leadership in supporting the next generation of vehicles, which will have zero emissions and a much lower fuel cost. Like other progressive companies, Whole Foods Market understands how infrastructure is crucial to electric vehicles, and they want their customers to have the best experience possible."