ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Amid the increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) c-stores, parking garages, and related industries are adapting to better serve these new clientele. Last week, Pennsylvania-based Wawa said it will double the number of Tesla Supercharger stations to more than 30 of its c-stores by the end of 2020. There are currently 16 Wawa stores on the East Coast with Tesla charging stations, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Wawa charging sites typically have eight Tesla Superchargers. The fast-charging units are located at certain WaWa c-stores in Delaware, New Jersey, Virginia and Florida.
NACS believes convenience and fuel retailing locations are the most logical option for EV chargers because they are conveniently located and has asked Congress to back private investment for charging stations. Convenience stores, with their more 153,000 locations—of which roughly 122,000 sell fuel—comprise seven times the total of current charging outlets in the United States.
In 2018, the United States reached a record 208,000 new registrations of electric vehicles, according to HIS Markit. Analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance have forecast that in two decades, more than half of new car sales will be electric. However, the lack of charging stations is a stumbling block to widespread EV adoption in the United States. Drivers who get too far from home can have trouble finding a station to recharge.
In February, Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced a deal to acquire Greenlots, an EV-charging and power management company based in Los Angeles, to enlarge its EV footprint in the U.S. Chevron has invested in ChargePoint Inc. of California, a leading network with EV stations in the U.S., Europe and Australia, and has partnered with EVgo to add fast-charging EV stations to some of its gasoline stations in California. Baltimore, Md.-based Royal Farms also has teamed up with ChargePoint to offer fast-charging stations at some locations in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
For more on seizing EV opportunities, see “EVs Ahead” in the August 2019 issue of NACS Magazine, plus a look at leveling the playing field for EV infrastructure, see “Charging Back” in the January 2019 issue of NACS Magazine. Plus, check out the latest Convenience Matters podcast on “Sustainable Cities and New Mobility.”