Hy-Vee’s latest service? Charging electric cars

From staff reports

Before long, drivers of Tesla vehicles and other electric cars will be able to charge them for free in Sioux Falls.

Tesla is installing eight Supercharger stations on the west side of Hy-Vee at 26th Street and Marion Road. Supercharger stations can recharge a car that has been driven 170 miles in 30 minutes.

While Tesla will own and operate the equipment, Hy-Vee will cover the energy cost, which is $6.50 for a car, said Josie Albrecht, a communications manager at Hy-Vee’s corporate headquarters in West Des Moines.

The installation crew is getting close to wrapping up work, and the city will need to inspect the work, said Kristi Masterson, store director. She’s hoping the station will be open in a week or two.

Hy-Vee has Tesla Supercharger stations at 49 stores across its territory and plans to add more through its partnership with Tesla, Albrecht said. At this point, there are no additional sites for Sioux Falls in the works.

According to Hy-Vee’s estimates, 100 cars will be recharged at the Marion Road grocery store every month. Some of the drivers will be on long-distance trips, and others will be local owners of electric cars who might want to get a faster charge while shopping for groceries.

In South Dakota, Tesla has Supercharger stations in Custer, Keystone, Rapid City, Murdo, Mitchell, Aberdeen and Pierre. It’s planning to add them in Spearfish, Wall and Chamberlain.

The Tesla Supercharger station is another way Hy-Vee works to be a good steward of the environment, Masterson said.

“At Hy-Vee, we recognize that we are uniquely positioned to lead the way in terms of sustainability, which is why we have integrated eco-friendly building features, a food waste diversion program and sustainable procurement policies in our stores,” she said. “We’re excited to soon be able to provide customers with Tesla Supercharger stations here in Sioux Falls.”

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Hy-Vee’s latest service? Charging electric cars

Before long, drivers of Tesla vehicles and other electric cars will be able to charge them for free in Sioux Falls.

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