Two industry disruptors have teamed up to change the world as we know it. The future of gas stations are here, and they are also electric.
Wawa, if you do not know, is a chain of gas stations with a twist. Rather than the traditional, in-a-hurry, convenience stores, they cater to those not so much in a rush. In an almost sort of luxury fill-up experience, you can order anything from freshly made coffee to quality hoagies inside. This works great for electric car owners as their “fill-ups” take quit a bit longer than their gasoline cousins.
Tesla’s proprietary network of Superchargers has forever changed the landscape of electric car ownership. Any Tesla owner has the capability to travel across the country at ease. With the latest Supercharger V3, owners will have the ability to charge their cars to 80% in just ~30 minutes or 150 miles in just ~15 minutes.
The two companies have been experiencing levels of rapid expansion and are now working together to provide the best charging experience to electric car consumers. There have already been Tesla Superchargers installed at 16 different Wawa locations since 2017 but now, in a statement to The Philadelphia Inquirer, Wawa spokesperson Lori Bruce mentioned that the two companies are looking to double that number in just a year.
As of now, Tesla’s Superchargers are only usable by Tesla owners. Wawa does not currently offer any other charging solutions except at one store outside of the Philly region.
Surprisingly, Wawa is not the first gas station chain to jump into the electric car industry. BP recently acquired the UK’s largest electric car charging company. As more and more consumers shift towards electric, we expect to see a major transition in the fill-up space. Tesla owners today have a first glimpse of our future.
Through Tesla, we have already achieved an electric vehicle that is just as convenient as a traditional gas car. The 370 mile range is impressive in itself but the average consumer will not even use a fraction of that in their day to day. With just an outlet in your garage, you will wake up every morning with a full “tank”. As an owner you will rarely find the need to use a public charger but when you do, just stop inside a Wawa and grab some lunch.