Portland, Oregon-based Plaid Pantry partnered with Electric Era Technologies to install the convenience store’s first electric vehicle charger, Electric Era’s PowerNode EV fast charging station.
For Electric Era, the installation marks the first of more than 10 commercial installations across the United States this year, with the company aiming for more than 10,000 PowerNode EV fast charging station installations across the country by 2030.
A 10-minute charge from the PowerNode charging station can typically deliver 100 miles of range, depending on the vehicle age and onboard technology.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the Plaid Pantry store, with comments from Plaid Pantry Chairman and CEO Jonathan Polonsky and Sith Dharmasiri, VP of software at Electric Era.
"We’re proud to lead the way in providing our Portland-area customers with premium, reliable EV fast charging. Our customers value and trust the quality and convenience that is synonymous with Plaid Pantry. Now, as the go-to location to quickly charge their EV in minutes while making a pit stop or picking up snacks for the road, Plaid Pantry is modeling the future of refill for customers," said Polonsky.
"Today marks a critical milestone in our mission to power the future of EV transportation and bring fast charging to EV drivers when and where they need it, while delivering new revenue streams and customers to quick service retailers across the United States," said Electric Era CEO Quincy Lee. "Not only are we increasing access to affordable fast charging in the communities where we all work, travel and play, our patented battery-buffer technology brings industry-leading reliability while reducing the burden on our overtaxed electrical grids."
Last week, Buc-ee’s and Mercedes-Benz announced a new strategic agreement to build charging hubs at most Buc-ee’s travel centers, starting with about 30 by the end of 2024.