7-Eleven is about to leverage their convenience stores to expand EV charging infrastructure. 7-Eleven will install 500 level 3 DC fast-charging stations at 250 locations across the U.S. and Canada. These stations will be owned and operated by 7-Eleven and are in addition to the 22 stations already in service at 14 stores in four states. Once finished, 7-Eleven will have one of the largest and compatible DC charging networks in the U.S.
“7‑Eleven has always been a leader in new ideas and technology to better serve the needs of our customers,” said Joe DePinto, President and CEO of 7-Eleven. “Adding 500 charging ports at 250 7‑Eleven stores will make EV charging more convenient and help accelerate broader adoption of EVs and alternative fuels. We are committed to the communities we serve and to working toward a more sustainable future.”
Recently, 7-Eleven made an ambitious commitment to reduce its CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030. It was originally announced as part of its sustainability goal in 2016 but reached its original 20 percent goal in 2019. In Texas and Illinois, 7-Eleven stores use 100 percent wind energy. Another 150 stores in Virginia use hydropower while 300 Florida branches use solar energy.
“7‑Eleven’s legacy is bringing convenience to the customer, and that continues to evolve — from ice on a dock in 1927 to electricity for your car today,” added DePinto. “7‑Eleven’s rapid expansion of EV charging ports across the country is good for our customers and our planet and it’s the right thing to do.”
Later this year, 7-Eleven will announce more details on its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategy. More info on the EV charging network could be part of that announcement.