EV Chargers At Gas Stations Being Tested

If charging stations looked and felt like gasoline filling stations, would consumers overcome their oft-cited “range anxiety” and embrace electric vehicles? The power-management company Eaton and the gas-station company Murphy Oil USA hope so, announcing they’ll collaborate on “fast, convenient charging within the familiar environment of a traditional gas station.”

In a press release, the companies said they tested the concept at a Tennessee location, and now will “evaluate ways to expand the program and utilize the combined capabilities of their organizations to help make charging stations widely available.” In doing so, they’ll make use of Eaton’s DC Quick Chargers. Murphy USA operates more than 1,000 retail gasoline stations in 22 states.

image via Murphy Oil USA

“Eaton offers a complete line of electric vehicle chargers for residential and industrial application and has a presence in communities across North America,” Eaton executive Richard Stinson said in the press release. “We are excited about collaborating with Murphy Oil USA to deliver this clean technology within an environment that the consumers are very comfortable with.”

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.