CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Mark Oil Co. is the latest fuel retailer to partner with Nissan on adding electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations.
The BP distributor is adding DC fast-charge stations to 10 of its 25 convenience stores in the Charlotte area. In a press release, Nissan described the installation as “the largest citywide deployment of EV chargers at a chain of fueling stations in the U.S.”
Charlotte is one of 50 cities where Nissan has introduced its “No Charge to Charge” program, which provides customers who buy or lease a new Nissan Leaf EV with two years of free public charging at a network of participating locations. No Charge to Charge taps into the EZ-Charge program, which provides a single access card that participants can use at five charging networks across the United States.
“Charlotte has quickly become an EV friendly market, and through this collaboration, Nissan Leaf drivers in the metro Charlotte area are never more than 10 miles from a fast charger,” said Brian Maragno, director of EV sales and marketing for Nissan. “Nissan aims to strategically place fast chargers in locations where Leaf owners live, work and play. The addition of these fast chargers adds a whole new level of convenience to convenience stores, allowing EV drivers [to] shop while charging their cars.”
Interstate signs will call out eight of Mark Oil’s 10 EV charger locations. The DC fast chargers can almost fully charge an EV battery in about 30 minutes.
Charlotte-based Mark Oil is the latest c-store owner to participate in the Nissan program, joining others such as Calloway Oil, Spinx, Mapco, Ricker Oil, Terrible Herbst and Gate Petroleum. With the addition of the 10 Mark Oil locations, about 70 c-store sites across the country will now be hosting EV chargers as part of the Nissan program.
“Mark Oil Co. has been in business since 1908,” said Bill Tome, president of Mark Oil. “Our focus over the years has always been on delivering quality products and meeting the needs of our customers. Through our partnership with Nissan, we are thrilled to be able to provide electric-charging stations at no cost and be among the largest providers of electric-charging stations in America.”
Other partners on Mark Oil’s charging-station installation include Duke Energy, Stroupe Electric, the city of Charlotte and the state of North Carolina.