7‑Eleven Inc. intends to build one of the largest and most compatible retail fast-charging networks in North America. It launched 7Charge, a proprietary EV charging network and app, in March 2023.
Led by Ann Scott, senior director for electric vehicle charging and utilities, 7-Eleven plans to grow the 7Charge network while continuing to use third-party fast-charging network options, giving it the ability to build its network to match consumer demand and make EV charging available to neighborhoods that have, until now, lacked access.
The retailer currently has 7Charge or ChargePoint units with multiple charging positions at about 30 locations in California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland and Texas, according to its website, with about a dozen more planned. 7-Eleven says it will also roll out EV charging at its Speedway and Stripes stores.
“For over 95 years, 7‑Eleven has innovated to meet our customers’ needs—delivering convenience where, when and how they want it,” said 7-Eleven President and CEO Joe DePinto. “Now, we are innovating once again to meet our customers where they are by expanding our business to provide EV drivers convenience of the future ... today.”