An increase in consumer interest in EVs calls for an increase in charging stations, but will gas station owners agree to adding these stations on their lots?
Sheetz may soon be helping to make taking long road trips in electric vehicles (EVs) possible.
A new report from the Consumerist has revealed that Tesla Motors is looking to partner with Sheetz and expand its network of vehicle charging stations to more Sheetz locations.
Currently, eight Sheetz locations have stations where EV drivers can charge their cars, and the Consumerist has reported that there is talk of adding more locations that offer this service. Tesla is actively searching for more locations to expand its network of high-speed electric chargers, and as Sheetz operates hundreds of retail outlets in six states, mostly in the mid-Atlantic region, the chain would be a perfect partner for Tesla.
Electric vehicles are becoming more affordable, and more and more consumers are choosing to purchase these cars, but few gas stations sport EV charging stations. The Consumerist reported that many gas stations are turned off to the idea of charging stations because, while traditional cars take only a few minutes to fill up, charging an EV can take 15 minutes or more. Therefore, turnover is much slower at charging stations than traditional fuel pumps.
However, it is becoming clear that there is a demand for more EV charging stations, as consumers in places like California that have a scarcity of charging stations are unplugging each other’s cars and fighting at the plug, according to the Consumerist.