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Our state’s (and nation’s) biggest private employer doesn’t lack for ambition. And when that company/behemoth puts its mind to something … .

Walmart has shown it’s committed to environmental causes by increasing investment and reliance on renewable energy. And with just the sheer number of stores it has across the nation, it’s safe to say any company-wide environmental changes it makes will have a big impact.

Walmart’s recent commitment takes it even further in a green direction (not to mention a customer-friendly direction). The company announced five of its supercenters in Arkansas now have electric vehicle charging stations installed for customers to use. The five are in Rogers, Little Rock, Forrest City, Hope and Clarksville.

The company said it’s part of a planned coast-to-coast EV charging network. As the price of electric cars continues to drop, more consumers are giving them serious consideration. Do most of your driving in town? Maybe an electric vehicle with a 120 mile-per charge range will work for you. And you might just decrease your own personal environmental footprint while you’re at it.

And it’s not like Walmart put out the chargers on the cheap. It splurged for some of the more powerful models on the market, capable of charging vehicles at speeds of up to 20 miles of range per minute. We’ll take its word that that’s pretty good.

Watch out, Whole Foods and Target. You’re definitely not the only retailers with electric vehicle chargers these days. The winners of this increased competition will be customers—and the environment.

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