Citgo enters EV market with pilot program in Michigan

HOUSTON–Citgo Petroleum Corp., along with longtime oil marketer Folk Oil Co., recently launched an electric vehicle charging pilot program designed to meet the needs of EV drivers in Battle Creek. The CITGO location at 15551 11 Mile Road now offers both gasoline and EV charging stations.

The EV chargers include both CCS charging system and NACS North American Charging Standard 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,” said Jim Linton, president of Homer-based Folk Oil. “Working together, we were able to pinpoint the best location to launch this program.”

Citgo devised an internal model to assess the viability of EV sites and collaborated with national electrical company AGI for implementation. The turnkey 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 the U.S. Department of Transportation’s utilities.

Kevin Kinney, Citgo general manager of brand equity, explained how the Citgo approach differs from the conventional industry approach. “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,” Kinney said.

Added Brad Hinkley, vice president of businesss development for AGI: “In addition to our turnkey solutions, we offer an extensive range of EV charger brands, giving Citgo marketers the flexibility to choose the best solution for their site. With so many moving parts in the EV space, we’re here to provide a streamlined program that covers everything from charger selection to post-installation maintenance.”

Citgo operates three refineries in Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, along with 37 active terminals, six pipelines, three lubricant blending and packaging plants, supplying 4,200 locally owned and independently operated retail outlets east of the Rocky Mountains. The company has 3,300 employees.

Folk Oil manages 43 retail convenience store gas stations in south-central Michigan and northern Ohio, along with 13 restaurants under various franchises.

AGI ELM is a national electrical contractor that provides EV charging infrastructure throughout the United States and Canada. More at https://www.agi.net/what-we-do.

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