There’s something satisfying about seeing a Tesla Supercharger station next to a sign listing gas prices. Though there’s something less satisfying about seeing a pickup parked in a Supercharger spot.
Last week, Tesla opened its first Supercharger at a QuickChek, a chain of gas stations/convenience stores, in Kingston, New York.
Tesla confirmed that they may collaborate with QuickChek to open more Superchargers at other locations in New York and New Jersey, where the company is operating over 150 gas stations and convenience stores.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that Tesla has been in talks with several gas station and convenience store chains about collaborating on the installation of Supercharger stations.
Sheetz, a gas station and convenience store chain with hundreds of locations primarily in the mid-Atlantic region, was the only chain that confirmed having talked to Tesla about it, but now we learn that QuickChek is among those interested and they already have their first station in Kingston – along the Hudson river between New York City and Albany.
GreenCarReports first reported on the new station in Kingston and described it as a ‘test’, but Tesla told Electrek that it is a permanent location chosen because it’s well-lit and the QuickChek store is open 24/7.
In a future where the world’s car fleet is rapidly transitioning to electric vehicles, gas stations will be forcefully downgraded to simple convenience stores and consequently, they will lose a significant revenue stream brought in by people stopping for gas but buying something at the convenience store.
Now it looks like Tesla is offering a lifeline to the industry by installing Superchargers at some of their locations. All they need to do now is to install solar arrays on their roofs and they could produce solar energy to power the Superchargers and other electric vehicle charging stations.
The gas station could still be selling “fuel” to their customers in an electric car future.
If you want to install a solar array at your home, business (or your gas station), you can see if it makes sense for your property and if you can be saving money on your energy bill here.