CHICAGO — Another major oil and a grocery chain’s convenience-store brand are adding electric-vehicle (EV) charging.
Chevron has partnered with EV charging network provider EVgo to add more than a dozen fast chargers at five Chevron company-owned and -operated locations in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, including in Aliso Viejo, Manhattan Beach, Menlo Park and Venice. The Menlo Park site was the first to open, with the rest slated to go live over the next few months, according to EVgo. The stations range from 50 to 100 kilowatts in capacity.
“We are excited to be working with EVgo to install electric-vehicle charging stations at select locations in California,” said Alice Flesher, general manager of company-owned and -operated sites for Chevron Corp., San Ramon, Calif. “While gasoline and diesel remain an important part of California’s transportation energy mix, we are always exploring how to evolve our offering, helping improve the consumer experience and working to remain the preferred brand choice on the West Coast.” Chevron joins other major oil companies such as Shell and BP in testing EV charging.
“We believe the future of transportation is electric, and EVgo is helping everyone—including traditional fueling stations—take advantage of the benefits of EV adoption,” said Cathy Zoi, CEO of Los Angeles-based EVgo. “EVgo is excited to work with Chevron to bring fast-charging to gas stations today and applauds the company’s forward-thinking efforts to serve the rapidly growing market of electric vehicle drivers in California.” EVgo has more than 1,100 fast chargers and more than 1,000 Level 2 chargers in 66 metropolitan markets in 34 states. Other c-store partners of EVgo include Sheetz, Rutter’s and Ricker’s.
Giant Eagle Gets EV Chargers
Giant Eagle Inc.’s GetGo convenience-store chain is adding fast-charging stations at four sites in western Pennsylvania thanks to two grants from the state’s Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation. The locations, at GetGo stores in Allegheny, Butler and Washington counties, are located along 500 miles of Interstate 79 as part of Pennsylvania’s Alternative Fuel Corridors.
Pittsburgh-based Giant Eagle also owns the Ricker's chain.
The grants, totaling $660,000, will fund the installation of eight EV fast-charging stations, which will be part of a larger network of EV charging stations placed every 50 miles along the Alternative Fuel Corridors. These include I-83 from New Cumberland to the Maryland border; U.S. Route 30/I-676 from Gettysburg to the New Jersey border; and I-70 from the Ohio border to the New Stanton exit. The corridors will feature signage indicating the location and types of alternative fuel stations available, including compressed natural gas.