Circle K Breaks Ground With First Kentucky NEVI-Funded EV Charger

The convenience retailer expects to reach 200 charging sites in North America.

February 21, 2024

Governor of Kentucky Andy Beshear and the Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt celebrated the groundbreaking of the first NEVI EV charging site in the southeastern United States at Circle K in Richmond, Kentucky, along the widely traveled Interstate 75 corridor, the groups announced in a press release.

The new fast charging site in Richmond adds to Circle K’s EV charging footprint, which the company expects to reach 200 sites in North America, the release stated.

The site will be built with ABB E-mobility’s Terra 184 chargers. Each charger can provide up to 180 kW of power to Circle K’s customers, allowing them to charge quickly and get back on the road.

“Our customers and drivers expect that charging infrastructure works and we provide reliable and convenient charge-and-go technology,” said Chris Nordh, head of ABB E-mobility in North America.

“At Circle K, we are committed to providing a full range of mobility solutions that fuel our customers’ journeys, no matter how they power their vehicles, which is why are bringing EV fast charging to key sites across our U.S. network where we can meet growing demand,” said Aaron Smorodin, head of business development for Circle K. “We are pleased to partner once again with ABB E-mobility, honored to be a part of this milestone development supported by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the NEVI program, and look forward to being a preferred destination for EV drivers along the I-75 corridor.”

Kentucky’s program aims to add up to 40 fast charging stations by 2025 along interstates and parkways, reported Spectrum1News.

Kentucky is using $70 million in federal funds from the NEVI program to install fast-charging stations every 50 miles on interstates and major highways.

“We are building charging stations along 11 interstates and eight parkways,” Gov. Beshear said.