By Robb M. Stewart
Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. said it plans to have electric-vehicle chargers at 200 Circle K and Couche-Tard stores across North America by 2024 as it begins rolling out fast chargers in South Carolina.
Couche-Tard said Friday it activated its first US site with high-power DC fast charging under the Circle K banner at a store in Rock Hill, which it plans to use to better understand customer needs, track driver usage and the impact on in- store foot traffic. The South Carolina store was selected to EV charging stations in the US because of its location along a commuter and travel corridor in a major metropolitan area where EV traffic is expected to grow, the company said.
The gas station and convenience-store operator said that with a broad footprint of more than 9,000 stores across the continent, it is well-positioned to deliver energy to customers on the go, building on its experience with EV chargers at sites in Scandinavia.
Couche-Tard began introducing EV charging stations four years ago in Norway and now has a network of more than 1,000 chargers covering more than 230 Circle K stores in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, and it said it recently started deployment in other European locations.
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