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YORKVILLE — Amazon Inc.’s commitment to electric vehicles might grab headlines on Wall Street, but the company’s center in Racine County is becoming where the rubber meets the road.

Amazon has won approval from the Village of Yorkville to install nearly 400 new electric vehicle charging stations at its Grandview Business Park delivery center overlooking Interstate 94.

This would be a significant change in the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the state. According to the follow-up EV adoptionas of September 2021, Wisconsin still had fewer than 900 total charging ports in the state and fewer than 15,500 electric vehicles.

Plans submitted to the village indicate that Amazon may have its eye on a system that can eventually charge up to 760 electric vehicles.

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Although the logistics giant isn’t saying much about its plans in Yorkville, local officials are excited that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his team are bringing electric vehicle technology to West County. Root.

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“It’s too early to tell if this is the wave of the future,” Yorkville Village Chairman Doug Nelson said, “but it certainly seems to have its niche.”

Click here to view the full proposal submitted by Amazon to build an electric vehicle charging operation in Racine County large enough to power approximately 400 vehicles.


Amazon spokeswoman Kate Scarpa said the company would not discuss its proposed Yorkville site for electric vehicles, including the question of the size of a geographic area that will be served.

Amazon has several large distribution operations in Kenosha County and Racine County.

Scarpa noted that Seattle-based Amazon has reached an agreement to put 100,000 electric delivery vans into service by 2030 as part of the company’s commitment to be carbon-free. ‘by 2040. Some electric pickup truck prototypes are already being tested in some marketsthough Scarpa doesn’t say if that includes Wisconsin.

“We are working to electrify delivery stations across the country this year and over the next several years to help us support a zero-emissions fleet,” she said in a statement.

Amazon moved into Grandview Business Park in Yorkville last year with a facility that local economic development officials said would bring in 50 delivery trucks a day and dispatch 268 delivery vans.

Located at 1925 W. Grandview Parkway immediately west of Interstate 94 and three miles north of the Illinois border, the hub is part of Amazon’s extensive network of logistics and distribution services for online shopping and other e-commerce.

The New York Times reported earlier this year that Bezos, one of the richest people in the world, intends to build the largest fleet of electric vehicles and the largest charging network in the world.

Last year, Amazon posted a profit of $33 billion on sales of $469 billion, compared with $21 billion in profit and sales of $386 billion the previous year.

Mario Denoto, president of the Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, said he welcomes Amazon’s electric vehicle plan as a positive sign of company growth.

Denoto wondered how much electrical energy it would take to charge 400 vehicles at once.

But he added: “If they think EVs will work for them, I’m all for it. Let’s go. Business is what makes the world go round.

The proposal specifically calls for 399 charging stations, and Yorkville officials’ request for approval indicates that the charging stations and related equipment could be installed within 90 days.

The charging stations will not be open to the public or available for public use, Amazon representatives wrote.

“The purpose of this facility is to provide electricity to charge Amazon fleet vehicles in their designated parking lots,” the proposal states. “Hours of operation will be determined by Amazon’s operating schedule.”

Designed by engineers at Kansas City-based Black & Veatch Corp., the plans outline a total of 399 charging stations, while also listing 630 as a “future goal” and 760 for a “total site.”

Black & Veatch officials declined to comment.

Yorkville Village Council approved the proposal on June 13 with little debate.

Nelson said he thought electric delivery vehicles were part of Amazon’s plan when the company moved into Grandview Business Park last year. He called the proposal simple and said he was excited to see Amazon’s innovation in western Racine County.

“It makes sense,” he added. “If they think it’s more efficient and can make them money, I think that’s a smart move.”

Click here to view the full proposal submitted by Amazon to build an electric vehicle charging operation in Racine County large enough to power approximately 400 vehicles.


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