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7-Eleven Chooses Wokeness Over Convenience With EV Charging Stations
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7-Eleven electric vehicle charging stations (YouTube screenshot)

Convenience stores are about … convenience. People go there chiefly in order to get out of there, and quickly. Otherwise they’d go someplace else.

That’s why they’re willing to pay more for a bag of chips and a six-pack than you would at the grocery store.

But it’s about to get less convenient to go to 7-Eleven because of the electric vehicles (EVs) that will soon be parked there, “fast” charging for up to 45 minutes while you wait for a parking spot to open up.

The company just virtue-signaled that it will install “at least” 500 of these not-so-fast chargers at stores around the country — likely using your money, naturally.

Heliogabalus Biden plans to shovel enormous sums of your money toward electrification through his “infrastructure” plan, and, should it pass, 7-Eleven will be a prime candidate for his largesse. And 7-Eleven must be anticipating this, because very few individuals or companies are willing to freely spend their own money on it.

It is hugely improbable that 7-Eleven would “invest” the millions it will take to dig up the parking lots of its stores and buy and install the heavy-duty cabling necessary to conduct 400-plus volts of electricity to each of these not-so-fast chargers, along with the chargers themselves — each of which cost thousands of dollars — and so on.

Because there’s no money in it — unless you can get the government to give you other people’s money for it.

7-Eleven is also not a utility company. How will it make these electricity pumps pay once installed?

By making you pay! In part by making you wait.

If a given 7-Eleven store has six spots for customers to park and two of them become places to park electric cars for 30 to 45 minutes (the “fastest” these chargers can partially recharge many models of electric cars) that means fewer places to park for those who aren’t there to wait. Those people will be inconvenienced by people who — apparently — do have the 30 to 45 minutes to waste sitting in the parking lot of a 7-Eleven store. What will they do to occupy their time while they wait? Maybe 7-Eleven will provide them with “free” Wi-Fi so they can watch YouTube videos while they — and you — wait.

It’s like adding another couple of handicapped spots — which, come to think of it, is exactly what it is, since EVs are handicapped.

The funny thing is that before the rise of the Electrification Cult (related to the Sickness Cult, both of which derive from the same strange obsessive faith in threats that don’t exist) people who parked and sat at a 7-Eleven store for 30 to 45 minutes — thereby keeping others customers from parking and shopping — would have been asked to leave by the store manager.

Remember those “No Loitering” signs?

Nowadays, loitering has become a virtue — a way for the affluent (who are the only people who can afford EVs) to signal that they “care” about “the environment.” Never mind those half-starved kids hand-digging cobalt out of pit mines in the Congo. Ignore the Earth-abuse going on to extract and process lithium and graphite, needed in enormous quantities to make enormous electric car batteries — and then to make them again, since an EV will need at least two of them over the course of its virtue-signaling life. Assuming the EV itself isn’t just thrown away — along with its 1,000-pounds-plus of caustic materials within its now-worthless battery.

7-Eleven has pledged to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030. But what of all the carbon produced by all of this electrification? Does the equipment and machinery that will install all of these “fast” charging rigs and associated peripherals run on “carbon free” electricity — produced by windmills and solar energy? It’s as “carbon neutral” as the EVs not-so-fast-charging at these rigs, which suck electricity from a grid that is not so “carbon free” as its promoters say it is.

“Adding 500 charging ports at 250 7-Eleven stores will make EV charging more convenient and help accelerate broader adoption of EVs,” said 7-Eleven CEO Joe DePinto.

A real Pinto would cost less — and be far more convenient.

Eric Peters
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