Sourcing Renewables - June 2, 2021
7-Eleven Plans 500 New EV Chargers for North American Stores
7-Eleven announced June 1 a goal to install at least 500 fast-charging electric vehicle stations at 250 U.S. and Canada stores by the end of 2022.
The Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) ports will be owned and operated by the convenience stores chain. The company has previously installed 22 charging stations at 14 stores across four states.
“7‑Eleven has always been a leader in new ideas and technology to better serve the needs of our customers,” CEO Joe DePinto said in a statement. “Adding 500 charging ports at 250 7‑Eleven stores will make EV charging more convenient and help accelerate broader adoption of EVs and alternative fuels. We are committed to the communities we serve and to working toward a more sustainable future.”
As part of its sustainability pursuits, 7-Eleven also increased its emissions targets and is now pursuing a 50% reduction by 2030. In 2016, the company had set a goal to cut emissions 20% by 2027 but then achieved that target in 2019.
Additionally, 7-Eleven purchases 100% wind energy for operations at more than 800 Texas stores and more than 300 Illinois stores. Hydropower provides electricity for 150 stores in Virginia, while solar is sourced for 300 Florida stores.