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Lancaster Whole Foods gets electric-vehicle charging stations

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The Whole Foods slated to open later this summer in Lancaster will be equipped with two electric-vehicle charging stations.

The organic foods supermarket is currently under construction in the Shoppes at Belmont shopping center in Manheim Township. 

One electric charging unit has already been installed and the other is in the process of being installed by Florida-based electric vehicle charging company, Blink Charger Co., which operates stations across the U.S.

Any Whole Foods shopper with an electric vehicle will be able to use the charging stations. Blink members enrolled in a free membership program will pay $0.39 per kilowatt hour to charge their cars, the company said. The rate for non-members is $0.49 per kilowatt hour, the company said. 

The length of time it takes to charge an electric vehicle depends on the rate at which the car charges, its battery and the type of charging utilized. Most standard Blink Chargers can take a few to several hours for a full charge, according to the company's website.

"Whole Foods Market has always been on the front lines of innovation in sustainability, and so we are eager to be working with them on their new locations," CEO of Blink Charging Mike Calise said in a statement.

Electric-vehicle charging stations are on the rise in Lancaster.

Late last month, the Lancaster Parking Authority installed a total of seven ChargePoint Inc. electric charging stations in its garages across the city.

Three stations accommodating six vehicles were installed at the Prince Street Garage. The Penn Square, East King Street, N. Duke St. and Water Street garages have one charging station each, said Carol Gifford, director of communications at the Lancaster Parking Authority

The stations are free to use.

Founded in 2007, ChargePoint is based in California and operates public charging stations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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Shelby White

Shelby White covers banking and finance, law and Lancaster County for the Central Penn Business Journal. For tips, email her at swhite@cpbj.com.

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