Convenience Technology Vision Group (CTVG) released its second Vision Report, largely around the growth of electric vehicles and the future of its charging infrastructure.
As stated in the press release, “According to [Center for Sustainable Energy’s] forecasts, roughly 1.75 million electric vehicles will be sold in 2024, which translates to almost 12% of total new vehicle sales; by 2028 that number is expected to grow to 21% of new vehicle sales.”
John Gartner, senior director of transparency and insights, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), noted that based on the trajectory of EV sales, by 2028, 210,000 public DC chargers will be needed to support the expected number of EV vehicles on the roads. This is almost 200,000 more than the approximate 22,000 available chargers currently in existence in the United States.
According to the press release, “When discussing NEVI (National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program)—the most widely used source of funding for EV charging infrastructure—Gartner told CTVG members: ‘I think now is the time to really be investigating this, because if convenience stores are not looking at it, many other retail locations are lining up.’ It amounts to a real estate race in his view.”
Mike Templeton, director of digital guest experiences, Casey’s, says in the press release, “We’ve got a robust loyalty program and robust digital experiences—what does it take to connect that to these charging experiences?” He went onto say that so far, the charging experiences for guests are disconnected.
Review the NACS Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program to learn more about implementing charging stations and to build relationships with the organizations that enable installation.