ALEXANDRIA, Va.—On this week’s episode of Convenience Matters, “EV Infrastructure and Fuel Retailers,” NACS hosts Jeff Lenard, vice president of strategic industry initiatives, and Donovan Woods, director of operations for the Fuels Institute, discuss electric vehicles with Jonathan Levy, senior vice president of business development for EVgo.
Electric vehicles are already convenient today. “Electricity is ubiquitous,” Levy said. “If you have a garage …, you have electricity there immediately, and you can charge and be ready to go in the morning. The average American drives less than 30 miles a day, we have a lot of models of electric vehicles that are over 200 miles of range. … You now have choice and high range vehicles that you can charge anywhere because there’s usually some outlet you can plug into.”
For a decade, EVgo has been working on charging infrastructure for anyone to use. “We currently have more than 750 fast-charging stations with more than 1,250 fast chargers across 34 states,” Levy said. “If you’re a convenience store, you might want to look at what we call 150kw, … which is around 30 minutes or less [per charge]. … What we hear from our partners that we work with in the convenience store space, they love the customer who comes in, charges, buys a cup of coffee [and] gets a snack.”
Levy pointed out that for convenience stores with fuel pumps, adding chargers is just another way to meet the needs of their customers. “We want to make sure those customers can get the convenience of a fast charge at a place they want to go,” he said. “[For] convenience stores that want to draw in customers and serve everybody, it’s a win-win.”
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