Alimentation Couche-Tard, which recently joined Forbes magazine’s select club of 200 largest global companies, plans to install several charging stations for electric vehicles at its service stations in North America.
The Quebec retailer based in Laval already has some experience in the field after launching a pilot project in Norway a few years ago. There, 80 stations of its Circle K banner offer 450 public terminals (photo below). Residential terminals are also on sale.
In an interview for the site Bloomberg, Couche-Tard CEO Brian Hannasch said the company would take inspiration from the Norwegian model and deploy charging stations at its service stations first in Quebec, then in the rest of the country. Canada (Circle K, Mac’s) as well as on the west coast of the United States (Circle K, Holiday).
In the longer term, owners of electric vehicles will also be able to purchase a residential charging station through Couche-Tard.
As demand for oil stagnates and may never increase again, finding new sources of revenue becomes important for the company, which has more than 14,350 locations around the world. Currently, 71% of its turnover comes from the sale of fuel.
For the moment, we do not yet know the extent of the network of charging stations that would be added to traditional pumps (Hannasch speaks of “several hundred” potential sites), but it is certainly news that has something delight drivers who want to easily find a place to refuel electrons.