7-Eleven to put in 500 EV charging stations by the top of 2022, Convenience stores are ubiquitous – and that they sell the overwhelming majority of gas purchased by consumers within the us . But as more Americans transition to electric vehicles, a serious reason people visit convenience stores will disappear.
Industry giant 7-Eleven is looking to capture this growing market of EV drivers. the corporate said Tuesday it’ll install 500 direct-current fast charging ports at 250 locations across North America by the top of 2022. These charging stations are going to be owned and operated by 7-Eleven, as against fuel at its filling stations, which must be purchased from suppliers.
Many charging stations from a number of the country’s largest providers, like EVgo, ChargePoint or Tesla’s Supercharger network, are located during a patchwork of parking lots adjacent to shopping malls or retailers like Target. But a serious draw of convenience stores like 7-Eleven is that they’re already located in areas adjacent to highways or major roads – in order that they may have a leg up in attracting drivers.
7-Eleven may have another advantage in choosing to put in DC fast chargers as against slower level 2 chargers: the bulk of convenience retailers are designed for quick, in-and-out service – round the time it takes to fill a tank of gas. Many don’t offer temperature-controlled places to take a seat, so an extended charging time would likely pose a drag for drivers. While older EV models are limited by the number of kilowatt charges they will accept (so the output rate of the charger is inconsequential to how long it takes to charge the battery), newer vehicles can accept a wider range of charging rates.
As charging infrastructure – or lack thereof – remains one of the most important barriers to EV adoption, planned build-outs from mainstream retailers just like the one announced by 7-Eleven could help reduce some consumer hesitancy over EVs.
The 500 charging stations will join 7-Eleven’s existing network of twenty-two charging stations, which are located in 14 stores across four states.
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