Circle K opened its latest EV charging site in Wytheville, Virginia, outside its store along Interstate 81 at State Highway 121. This site is the first to be equipped with ABB E-mobility‘s U.S. manufactured Terra 184 DC fast chargers, which provide up to 180 kW power to drivers.
ABB E-mobility’s Terra 184 “all in one” EV chargers were the first to roll off the production line at the company’s South Carolina manufacturing operations and are ENERGY STAR certified. The Terra 184, which is an ideal fit for National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) charging sites, are available for order and will comply with the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Buy America Act regulations. The inclusion of these new chargers increases Wytheville’s fast charging footprint by more than 20 percent and signifies the collaborative commitment by Circle K and ABB E-mobility to bring much needed charging infrastructure to communities of every size across the United States.
The Wytheville Circle K is the latest of 200 announced EV charging sites across North America, which Circle K’s parent company, Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., plans to introduce by 2024. With more than 1,400 fast chargers available at 300 locations in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, Circle K is already a leader in public EV charging services in Europe.
“With demonstrated experience in EV charging in our European markets and a coast-to-coast network of well-located stores here in the U.S., we are well positioned to participate in the accelerated growth of EV charging infrastructure across the country and meet the evolving needs of our customers,” said Snorre Skeie, Director of E-Mobility, North America, for Circle K. “We are very pleased to make it easier for EV customers in Wytheville and throughout Southwestern Virginia by filling this gap in charging availability along the I-77/81 corridor, and we are proud to celebrate this opening with ABB E-mobility as they roll out their first Terra 184 chargers manufactured here in the U.S.”
“This project marks a new milestone for ABB E-mobility with the delivery of U.S. manufactured chargers to Circle K,” added Bob Stojanovic, ABB E-mobility’s Senior Vice President for North America. “We consider it mission critical to provide reliable, consistent and positive charging experiences for Circle K’s customers and push high standards for charging infrastructure performance that will drive the future of e-mobility.”