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7-Eleven Has Launched Its Own EV Charging Network

The company said it's establishing "one of the largest and most compatible fast-charging networks of any retailer in North America."

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7-Eleven, the largest convenience store chain in the US, has added electric-vehicle charging stations at select locations in California, Colorado, Florida and Texas.

It's not clear how many 7Charge stations are currently operational. 7-Eleven did not respond to a request for comment.

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In a release last week, the company announced it planned to add many more locations across the US and Canada.  

"Once the network's expansion is complete, 7‑Eleven will have one of the largest and most compatible fast-charging networks of any retailer in North America ... and make EV charging available to neighborhoods that have, until now, lacked access," the company said.

Drivers can find a nearby location and pay via the 7Charge app. According to 7-Eleven, pricing is based on either energy consumed or time spent charging, depending on the state laws.  

Any EV make and model with a CHAdeMO or Combined Charging System plug type and an adapter can use the 7Charge system, which uses high-voltage DC plugs that allow most cars to reach an 80% charge in roughly 30 minutes. 

President Joe Biden has made expanding EV charging networks a priority, allocating $7.5 billion toward building 500,000 more public stations in the US by 2030.

7-Eleven joins a growing number of nationwide retailers with EV-charging networks, including Ikea, Kroger, Macy's, Sears, Taco Bell, Walmart and Whole Foods.

Walgreens has EV charging stations at approximately 400 locations, making it the largest retail host in the US.

In February, Tesla began making a number of its Supercharger stations available to owners of other brands of EVs. That same month, Subway announced a pilot program to add small-format EV charging stations at several new and newly remodeled locations later this year.