Convenience stores are about . . . convenience. People go there chiefly in order to get out of there, quickly.
Else they’d go someplace else.
It is why you’re willing to pay more for a bag of chips and a six pack vs. the grocery store.
It’s about to get less convenient to go to 7-Elevens, where you may not be able to get in for some time – because of the electric cars that will soon be parked there for a long time, “fast” charging for 30-45 minutes . . . while you wait for a 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 – using your money, naturally. Provided to 7-Eleven and other hog-troughing signalers of virtue via the government, which takes it from you via taxes and then gives it to companies like 7-Eleven, under the auspices of Heliogabalus Biden’s “infrastructure” plan. Which plans to shovel enormous sums of your money toward electrification – chiefly because very few individuals or companies are willing to freely spend their 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, buy and install the heavy-duty cabling necessary to conduct 400-plus volts of electricity to each of these not-so-fast chargers nor the chargers – each of which cost thousands of dollars – and so on.
Because there’s no money it.
Unless you can get the government to give you other people’s money for it – and then signal your virtue for spending it on things the government decrees to be more important than what people would otherwise freely spend money on.
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 30-45 minutes (the “fastest” they can partially recharge an electric car) 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 30-45 minutes to waste sitting in the parking 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 that 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 deriving from the same strange obsessive Faith in threats that don’t exist and salvation that leads to a very real Hell, right here on Earth) people who parked and sat at a 7-Eleven store for 30-45 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 that they “care” about “the environment.” Never mind those half-starved kids hand-digging cobalt out of pit mines in the Congo. Nor the earth-rape 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 no-longer-charging-at-all battery.
7-Eleven has “pledged” to reduce “carbon emissions” by “50 percent” by 2030 (there’s that number, again). 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? It’s as “carbon neutral” as the EVs not-so-fast charging at these rigs, which suck electricity from a grid that is as “carbon free” as the last (s)election was honest.
“Adding 500 charging ports at 250 7-Eleven stores will make EV charging more convenient and help accelerate the broader adoption of EVs,” saith 7-Eleven CEO Joe DiPinto.
A real Pinto would cost less – and be far more . . . convenient.
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