Walgreens Electric-Car Charging Stations: The Rest of the U.S. Is Catching Up to Houston

We can't say we've exactly seen the electric-car charging stations at various Walgreens around the town, but we'll take the company's word that they exist.

And now the rest of the nation will be following in Houston's footsteps, as the drug giant expands the concept to more than 800 locations nationwide by the end of the year.

The EV stations, where customers pay to charge up their cars in about the amount of time it would take to go and spend some money in a Walgreens, will be coming to Boston, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

"Consumer interest and enthusiasm has been incredible and we're excited to provide locations to charge up in neighborhoods across the country," said Walgreens' Mark Wagner. "Walgreens will make up as much as 40 percent of all public EV charging stations across the country, making it easy for EV drivers to look to our stores for a quick charge near major highways, metropolitan areas or right in their neighborhood."

Like we say, we haven't noticed these stations, but then again we don't own an electric car.

But Houston has been getting a lot of pub for its enthusiastic embracing of the electric cars and public charging stations, most of it in the form of "Even in the oil capital of the country..." variety. The Walgreens Houston stations were scheduled to go up in February, so assuming they did, the rest of the country is eating our clean-air dust.

Just another example of Houston, Cutting-Edge Environmental Mecca. Watch out for the ozone, though.

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