GetGo Gets Into EV Charging

Goal to make charging stations accessible in all markets by 2025
GetGo car charger
Photograph courtesy of GetGo

PITTSBURGH GetGo Cafe + Market is launching a multi-faceted electric-vehicle (EV) charging station expansion strategy, beginning with the opening of the retailer’s first Tesla Supercharger Station at a GetGo in Washington, Pa.

In addition to working with Tesla on additional Supercharger Stations in the near future, GetGo is in the process of launching its own proprietary, universal charging stations over the next 12 months. The combined efforts will enable GetGo to provide all guests with charging station access, regardless of the type of EV driven.

GetGo offers compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel at various locations across Pennsylvania and Ohio and has plans to make EV charging stations accessible in all markets across its five-state footprint by 2025.

“At GetGo, we are in the mobility business. It’s exciting to begin to build the next generation of energy services for our customers,” said GetGo President Polly Flinn. “We are thrilled to get started by partnering with a global leader like Tesla and are looking forward to opening our own GetGo universal chargers at several sites in the next six to 12 months.”

While the pandemic has impacted sales of all cars, including EVs, alternative energy authority CleanTechnica estimates that more than 87,000 EVs were sold in the United States between January and June 2020. As these sales continue, the need for consumer access to charging stations only increases.

GetGo, with 258 stores, is No. 30 on CSP's 2020 Top 202 ranking of c-store chains by number of company-owned retail outlets. It is the Convenience Division of Pittsburgh-based supermarket retailer Giant Eagle.

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