Kroger’s newest gas station in the region puts out two types of fuel: gas and electric.
The fuel center at the University City Kroger features two electric charging stations. It is the grocer’s fist electric car charger in the six-state Mid-Atlantic region, according to a news release from Kroger.
Spokesman Carl York said Kroger decided to include the electric charging stations at the new Blacksburg fuel center because they’d heard from people in the community who wanted them. He said the charging station is a test, and will determine whether Kroger adds more charging stations to other fuel stations.
Electric charges will be free until Kroger figures out how much the stations are used and what it costs the company, York said.
“This is really a test for us,” he said.
The fuel center, which opened Sunday, has 14 gas dispensers.
The electric charging stations aren’t the first in the region. The Roanoke Times reported in September that the Virginia Museum of Transportation installed a charger just outside the building in a museum parking space. That same story says that there are only about 4,000 to 5,000 electric cars on the road.
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