OREANDA-NEWS. IKEA US is in the process of installing more electric vehicle (EV) charging stations bringing the total to 32 IKEA locations by early Spring. The Three Blink® electric vehicle (EV) charging stations* reflect the IKEA goal to be carbon free, as EVs have zero tailpipe emissions.

"Installing EV charging stations reinforces our ongoing commitment to sustainability," said IKEA US President, Lars Petersson. "As the leader in life at home, IKEA realizes a focus on sustainable transport of people can help empower customers to live sustainably while helping the needs of EV drivers."

To charge an EV, drivers can tap their Blink InCard (RFID card) to the reader below the screen, initiate the session directly from the Blink Mobile application, or use a guest code provided via the Blink Mobile app, BlinkCode.com, or Blink Customer Support (888-998-2546). Once the session is initiated, drivers can plug the charger into the EV, and then shop and eat at their leisure in the store while their vehicle is charging.

By 2020, IKEA will be 100% renewable – producing as much renewable energy as we consume using renewable sources. IKEA is a leader in energy and resource independence. Providing EV charging stations for IKEA visitors exemplifies a further commitment to a small carbon footprint.

Drawing from its Swedish heritage and respect for nature, IKEA strives to minimize its operations’ carbon emissions; this is not only good for the environment but good for the business.

IKEA evaluates locations regularly for conservation opportunities, integrates innovative materials into product design, works to maintain sustainable resources, and flat-packs its goods for efficient distribution. U.S. sustainable efforts include: recycling waste material; incorporating key measures into buildings with energy-efficient HVAC and lighting systems, recycling construction materials, water-conserving restrooms. And operationally; eliminating plastic bags from the check-out process, phasing-out the sale of incandescent light bulbs, facilitating recycling compact fluorescent bulbs, and selling only LED bulbs. IKEA US has solar arrays at 90% of its locations, and owns two wind farms in the U.S.