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CITGO forays into the EV charging sector

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The company has launched a pilot program to offer electric charging services and will work with stores for facilitating access to available grants.


CITGO Petroleum Corporation has recently launched an electric vehicle (EV) charging pilot program designed to meet the needs of EV drivers in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Alongside longtime marketer Folk Oil Company, the company now offers both regular transportation fuel and EV charging stations. The equipment includes both Charging System (CCS) and the North American Charging Standard (NACS) plugs.

“As a marketer, we need to provide offerings that meet all types of transportation needs for our consumers. So we appreciate how CITGO is approaching the EV space in a way that ensures its marketers’ success. Working together we were able to pinpoint the best location to launch this program,” said Jim Linton, President of Folk Oil Company.

CITGO devised an internal model to assess the viability of EV sites and collaborated with national electrical company AGI for implementation. The turnkey solutions provider will work with stores throughout the entire process, even facilitating access to available grants via the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program, the Inflation Reduction Act and U.S. Department of Transportation’s Utilities.

“Instead of a store receiving a monthly rent for EV Charger installation, the CITGO program provides upfront assistance, while still giving the marketer full ownership of the installed EV charger,” explained Kevin Kinney, CITGO General Manager of Brand Equity.

CITGO Petroleum Corporation owns and operates three refineries, supplying a network of approximately 4,200 locally owned and independently operated branded retail outlets, all located east of the Rocky Mountains. The company also owns and/or jointly owns 37 active terminals, six pipelines and three lubricants blending and packaging plants.

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