Tesla Superchargers, Image Credit (Tesla Gear)
Tesla has been reportedly talking quietly to at least one gas station chain to get Tesla Superchargers installed at some locations. This could be a huge future benefit for station owners and a trend that will grow.
Current Supercharger Map Showing States That Sheetz Operates In (Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia), Image Credit (Tesla)
Gas stations make most of their profits from people shopping at the convenience store portion of the establishment during fueling trips. It has been known for some time that gas stations don't profit largely from the gas itself. In the coming years, as fuel becomes less necessary, many stations may be forced to close shop, since consumers won't have a reason to stop.
Tesla is hoping to get in early and begin setting up some stations for EV charging. This way, as the transition to EVs becomes more imminent, gas stations can simply convert to EV stations over time. Also, since EVs take longer to charge, the convenience store portion of the businesses may see even greater profits.
Some stations are already contributing to energy costs related to EV chargers due to the additional business generated from such ventures. There is no information at this point stating that Tesla will be getting any kickbacks.
Sheetz, a mid-atlantic based gas station chain owning many locations covering six states, is Tesla's confirmed primary target. Michael Lorenz, vice president of the enterprise substantiated talks:
“We’ve had discussions with them (Tesla) about putting their chargers in our stores. We haven’t done anything yet, but we’re continuing those discussions.”
Electrek followed up with Tesla, and a spokesperson confirmed the preliminary conversations:
“Tesla is talking to some gas station chains about installing charging at some stations that are conveniently located for long-distance, emission-free travel and could provide the necessary amenities for our customers.”