7-Eleven Now Offers Quick Charging in New York City

4 years ago by Eric Loveday 10

Clearly Not a Quick Charger

Clearly Not a Quick Charger

The first-ever 7-Eleven to get a quick-charge station in the US is now operational and it’s located in New York City.

7-Eleven

7-Eleven

“Deploying Green Charge Networks (GCN) energy storage solutions, 7-Eleven Inc. is the first retailer to offer fast-charging services for drivers of electric vehicles (EVs) in the New York City area.”

“7-Eleven and GCN worked with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and several large utility companies to leverage local solar generation and energy storage, which enables the use of high-powered electric equipment, including EV fast chargers. This avoids extreme consumption peaks that lead to expensive electricity-demand charges for commercial ratepayers.”

Says the press release.

The specific 7-Eleven to get the quick charger is located at 5820 Francis Lewis Boulevard in Flsuhing.

The setup is rather unique in that Green Charge Networks’ energy storage system, GreenStation, manages power consumption by monitoring the store’s load on a second-by-second basis and counteracts peaks and valleys by using its internal ion battery bank.

As Vic Shao, Green Charge Networks CEO, explains:

“Even when the New York City electric grid experienced an all-time peak on July 19 during the recent heat wave, the GreenStation allowed for EV fast charging while reducing peak demand by 56%.”

Tom Brennan, 7-Eleven’s vice president of infrastructure services, adds this:

“Convenience retailing in today’s world increasingly requires the use of high-powered electrical devices, including foodservice equipment and EV fast chargers.  Meeting our customers changing needs while keeping demand charges and thus our electricity costs in check is a very attractive value proposition for us.”

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10 responses to "7-Eleven Now Offers Quick Charging in New York City"

  1. kdawg says:

    I like the battery buffer idea (seems like more businesses would have this, chargers or not).

    Too bad I usually spend 10 minutes or less in a 7-11. This would be better if it was located at a large shopping center. Oh well, beggars can’t be choosers. Maybe there are other things nearby to allow longer charges (if 7-11 is OK w/that).

    1. Anthony says:

      That’s the whole reason these stations should be fast-charge and not level 1/2 stations. You won’t get much from L1/2 charging for 10 minutes, but 10 minutes at 50kW is 8kWh, or about 25 miles or so in a current EV.

  2. Tesla Fan says:

    should be called a Quicky Charger

  3. Spec says:

    Flsuhing? Really? Didn’t the spell-checker highlight that?

    Well if they pick the right 7-11s, this could be a great thing. And they’ll sell some junk food.

  4. EK says:

    The last time I was at this station, it was limited to 10 minutes of charging at only 8.9 kW. It’s an Eaton CHAdeMO station that is capable of up to 50 kW. I hope that they’ve changed this now that the station is officially “open”.

    1. Brian says:

      One can only hope. I’d also love to see this charger successful enough for 7-11 to consider offering it in more locations.

  5. Bill Howland says:

    I’m skeptical about the rationale here.

    Peaks and valleys “Second by Second” are not needed, since it is only the integrated average demand (I think ConEd’s policy is over a 30 minute interval – my National Grid is 15 minutes).

    The “Grid” which everyone is worried about, is simply not that touchy. We don’t have similar concerns with water faucets or gas burners on our stoves. Yet those utilities have to meet with flucuating demands for the past 100 years, same as electric utilities.

    Since there was little detail in this article, its very hard what to think about it. They would need HUGE energy storage to make any difference at all in their electric bill, and frankly would save much more money by putting in a Brine system for their refrigeration needs. This would do much more to limit demands during the hot day time, or better yet, also install some solar panels on the roof, since they work when the load is greatest.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    If peak demands are reduced by 56% I bet they mean the 1/2 second that a compressor starts, and a dinky battery inverter supplies the power.

    Utterly useless, since the Grid overall is unaffected, and they are not billed for motor starting events since the demand is measured at a 30 minute integrated average. 1/2 second integrated into 1800 seconds is essentially about a penny a month.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      By the way, Utilities often LOVE devices that people think are necessary for reasons they might not instantly be aware of.

      For instance. Utilities LOVE automatic start outdoor backup generators, especially when its cold outside. They are constantly running up the electric bill what with their starting battery chargers, and their engine block heaters.

      Needless to say I don’t have one, unlike every second neighbor of mine. These units have their place, but I prefer to use a 5 kw portable machine which, being rope started, has zero quiescent losses when standing by. My utility makes no extra sales with me in the meantime.

  7. Bill Howland says:

    The question I always have with these articles and vehicle to grid articles, is

    1). Are they talking about instantaneous peaks lasting 1/2 to 1 second?

    2). Or are they talking about longterm , billably different peaks ( 30 minute integrated average)?

    This article they must be talking about instantaeous peaks, since, knowing how 7-11’s operate (there’s over 10 here in my town) they simply couldn’t do ANYTHING to get a 56% percent reduction in longterm peaks since the store is open too long (traditionally 7am to 11 pm.) That only leaves 8 hours for any recharging of anything, meanwhile in the summertime they are still running plenty of refrigeration even if the store is closed, and the only savings there are a slightly lowered compressor consumption due to the lowered liquid line refrigeration pressure (and greater refrigerating effect per lb circulated) due to somewhat lower post midnight temperatures.

    They’ve already lowered the OPEN consumption in my town since all parking light lighting and valence trim lighting is 100% LED (the highest lumens/watt currently available) in all the remodeled stores. Obviously restocking the coolers/freezers with ‘hot product’ will also temporarily increase the refrigeration loading until the new stock cools down for opening the next day.

    Since therefore it is instantanous peaks they are talking about, (and through osmosis of several dozen articles on Vehicle to Grid), only a small battery is being referenced. And its an utterly useless exercise since the utility doesn’t charge you for these transient peaks and valleys.

    To decrease the LONGTERM peaks, would require in a 50 kw demand 7-11 around a 300 kwh battery, to get a 56% decrease, but then you’d have to close the store on Sunday so that you could find enough juice to recharge it. Now what might make this economic anyway, is that if you recharged the battery with absolutely minimal decrease in utility loading, but did it simply to move your loads from the daytime peaks to after midnight.

    Many commercial customers are already doing this, but do it just by changing the ways they do business.

    One good example is my town’s local water works. They do minimal pumping of water during the day. However they turn on the water pumps at 11 pm and shut them down at 7 amp to refill the town’s water towers overnight when juice is alot cheaper. Same as some of us do with our EV’s.