7-Eleven plans to build fast-charging network in North America
US retail group 7-Eleven has announced the construction of its own fast charging network in the US and Canada under the new ‘7Charge’ brand. This is set to become “one of the largest and most compatible electric vehicle fast charging networks of any retailer in North America”.
7-Eleven will rely on a combination of CCS and CHAdeMO chargers, according to the announcement. While 7-Eleven does not provide specific numbers on the number of planned stations or the number of charging points per station in its current letter, a 2021 announcement spoke of at least 500 DC charging points at 250 locations by the end of 2022. In fact, fast chargers have been built so far at various locations in Florida, Texas, Colorado and California. At this stage, 7-Eleven does not reveal exactly how many stations are to be built.
The announcement only states that 7-Eleven will have “one of the largest and most compatible fast charging networks of any retailer in North America” once the expansion is complete. The 7Charge charging stations will be built not only at 7-Eleven stores, but also at Speedway and Stripes brand locations. In doing so, the company said it wants to “meet consumer demand, and make electric vehicle charging available to neighborhoods that previously did not have access.” The new 7Charge brand now unveiled also includes an app for accessing the charging network.
“For over 95 years, 7-Eleven has innovated to meet our customers’ needs – delivering convenience where, when and how they want it,” said Joe DePinto, president and chief executive officer at 7-Eleven. “Now, we are innovating once again to meet our customers’ where they are by expanding our business to provide EV drivers convenience of the future…today.”
Recently, fast-food franchise chain Subway had also announced the development of charging stations for electric cars in the United States.
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