7-Eleven launches plans for EV charging network in US & Canada
Dealers already might have been going to a nearby 7-Eleven to put some gas in a vehicle before a test drive or to fill the tank just before final delivery.
Well now, dealers soon can go to 7-Eleven to make sure their electric vehicles are set to go, too.
On Thursday, the company announced 7Charge, its new, proprietary EV charging network and app that’s designed to deliver a convenient and reliable fast-charging experience at select 7-Eleven stores in the U.S., and coming soon to Canada.
Executives said 7-Eleven intends to build one of the largest and most compatible electric vehicle (EV) fast-charging networks of any retailer in North America with the launch of 7Charge, which is already delivering fast-charging services to customers in several locations in Florida, Texas, Colorado and California.
The company said the 7Charge network will offer EV drivers 7-Eleven’s trademark convenience and accessibility.
The company highlighted 7Charge sites allow customers to charge any EV make and model compatible with common CHAdeMO or Combined Charging System (CCS) plug types, and the 7Charge app offers a new level of convenience and coordination to customers looking for a seamless charging and payment experience.
“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.”
The 7Charge network will deliver on the growing consumer need for EV charging infrastructure.
By expanding the 7Charge network, while continuing to utilize third-party fast-charging network options, 7-Eleven said it will have the ability to grow its network to match consumer demand and make EV charging available to neighborhoods that have, until now, lacked access.
Once the network’s expansion is complete, 7-Eleven said it will have one of the largest and most compatible fast-charging networks of any retailer in North America, serving communities and customers at charging stations across its entire family of brands, including Speedway and Stripes stores.