ULSTER, N.Y. -- QuickChek has become one of the first convenience chains to install a charging station from electric-vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla.
Tesla has been building out a network of high-speed Supercharger charging stations for owners of its luxury Model S sedan and Model X SUV. The chargers can provide up to 120 kilowatts of power to a Tesla battery, supplying it with enough electricity during a 30-minute charging session to power the EV for about 170 miles.
QuickChek announced the availability of the Tesla charging station with eight chargers this month at its store located at 640 Washington Ave. in Ulster, N.Y., off the New York Thruway. The 6,584-square-foot store, open 24 hours a day, offers made-to-order subs, sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as hot and cold beverages, and grocery items. It was also the first QuickChek in New York to have the retailer’s Q Café concept, where baristas can prepare more than 60 varieties of hot and iced cold drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes and fruit smoothies.
According to Tesla, there are more than 4,400 Superchargers at more than 700 locations worldwide. About 97% of the continental U.S. population now lives within 150 miles of one. The EV manufacturer has been placing Supercharger stations along highways, near restaurants, shopping centers and similar areas.
The Ulster QuickChek is featured on Tesla’s online Supercharger locator and appears in Model S and X in-vehicle navigation systems.
Tesla reportedly confirmed to the EV news site Electrek that it may add Superchargers to more of QuickChek’s more than 140 c-stores in New York and New Jersey.
“We are pleased to provide Tesla owners traveling along the Thruway with the opportunity to enjoy a great cup of coffee, a bite to eat and the chance to pick up market items while their vehicle charges,” said Dean Durling, CEO of QuickChek, in a statement. “Having Tesla Supercharger stations on site enables us to continue our dedication to meeting the evolving needs of our customers in the area.”
In June, The Washington Post reported that Sheetz Inc. was in talks with Tesla to host Supercharger stations at some of its more than 500 sites in six states.
Privately held QuickChek is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., and has 145 sites throughout the Hudson Valley, New Jersey and Long Island.