If this pilot program goes well, we expect major expansion.
We won't go into all of the reasons why you shouldn't have range anxiety about electric vehicles here, but we have to hit the big ones. The average American drives 29 miles a day, which would be served by literally any EV. Do you have a cell phone that you charge almost every night? And it usually lasts all day? You're good. But if you're still a little anxious, a bunch of fast chargers could be coming to a 7 Eleven near you.
Like Volkswagen, Lamborghini and almost all the automakers we follow, the iconic convenience store is also trying to shrink its carbon footprint, hoping by 2030 to reduce its emissions by 50%. We're not sure if adding "at least 500 Direct Current Fast Charging ports" at 250 US and Canadian stores well help the bottom line, but we're happy for the addition.
The company has 22 charging stations located at 14 stores in four states right now. Once all 500 new units are installed, 7 Eleven will have one of the largest and most compatible fast-charging systems of any retailer in the US, according to the company. That means either CCS combo or ChadeMo chargers. Teslas will have to charge elsewhere.
"7 Eleven has always been a leader in new ideas and technology to better serve the needs of our customers," said 7 Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. "Adding 500 charging ports at 250 7 Eleven stores will make EV charging more convenient and help accelerate broader adoption of EVs and alternative fuels. We are committed to the communities we serve and to working toward a more sustainable future."
These quick chargers are the best option when traveling. According to ChargeHub, drivers can get an average of 124 miles in 30 minutes, or double that in an hour, depending on the size of your battery and current state of charge. Anything less would make EV road trips miserable. FYI, some vehicles charge faster than others.
If this practice gets more customers to 7 Eleven, we'll surely see an increase in the number of chargers at places like this. The company has 9,800 stores in the US alone, if a quarter of those had chargers, range anxiety would drop precipitously. On the other hand, when we used to hang out there for more than 30 minutes, they would tell us to stop loitering in the parking lot. Now we'll have a reason to hang out, talk about our Audi e-tron, use the payphone, and buy more Slurpees.