7-Eleven has announced plans to create one of North America’s largest EV charging networks, called 7Charge. The company will install DC fast-charging stations at its locations across the U.S. and eventually Canada, accessible through a proprietary app. EV Charging is already available at some stores in California, Colorado, Florida, and Texas. 7Charge aims to be compatible with both Combined Charging Standard (CCS) and CHAdeMO fast-charging connectors, but not Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS). Tesla owners will require a CCS adapter to use 7Charge stations. Pricing will depend on energy consumed and/or charging time, based on state regulations. Drivers are encouraged to move their vehicles once charging is complete, and may face extra fees for loitering. 7-Eleven’s urban locations could help address the lack of charging infrastructure in metro areas, complementing the Biden administration’s $2.5 billion community EV charging program.
Nick Zamanov is a head of sales and business development at Cyber Switching. He is an expert in EV infrastructure space and he is an EV enthusiast since 2012, Since then Nick strongly believed that electric vehicles would eventually replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) cars.