The convenience store chain aims to have one of the largest electric vehicle charging networks in North America
7‑Eleven is planning to build one of the “largest and most compatible electric vehicle fast-charging networks of any retailer in North America.” AC EV Charger
The network is known as 7Charge and it promises to deliver a “convenient and reliable fast-charging experience” at select 7‑Eleven stores. Several locations are already open in Florida, Texas, Colorado, and California but more are on the way. 7‑Eleven is also planning to expand the network into Canada soon.
The DC fast charging network will support vehicles with CHAdeMO and Combined Charging System ports, and 7‑Eleven said it’s “backed by 100% green electricity.” Users can download the 7Charge app for a “seamless charging and payment experience,” or simply pay by credit card at the charger.
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Pricing will vary by location, but it will be determined by energy usage and/or time spent charging. Furthermore, people who leave their vehicle connected after their charging session is complete, could be subject to additional fees.
While chargers are only open in four states at the moment, 7‑Eleven said once their network expansion is complete they’ll have one of the largest charging networks on the continent. The company went on to say there will be chargers across its entire family of brands including Speedway and Stripes gas stations.
The rollout won’t happen overnight as 7‑Eleven suggested they’ll grow their network to keep pace with consumer demand and electric vehicle adoption. The company added their store-based approach will bring EV chargers to “neighborhoods that have, until now, lacked access.”
50A EV Charging Station This is notable as many chargers are located along highways, leaving significant gaps in America’s charging infrastructure. 7‑Eleven also noted chargers will be placed “in well-lit store locations that are staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week.”