Right now, Wawa’s closest Tesla super chargers are in Delaware and South Jersey, but that’s going to change, writes Frank Kummer for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Lori Bruce, a Wawa spokesperson, said the company has 16 stores with Tesla Superchargers with plans to double that by the end of 2020.
New Jersey is Wawa’s top market for the chargers. There are none in Philadelphia or the western suburbs or in Pennsylvania, though Bruce said that won’t continue.
The convenience store chain began opening charging stations in August 2017. The Tesla Supercharger connector is proprietary, so Wawa doesn’t offer charging for other electric vehicles, except at one store outside the Philly region.
Bruce said the company decided to the install the fast-charging stations after requests by Tesla customers.
The stations add about 150 miles of driving range per 15 minutes of charging.
The demand for Tesla chargers is increasing. Overall, Tesla now has about 6,500 Superchargers in North America and plans to rapidly expand its electric vehicle charging offerings.
Wawa is far from alone in offering charging, but it is a big chain moving into the space in a big way.
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