Subway restaurants are going green as they debut electric vehicle charging stations at select restaurant locations throughout the U.S.
The company is partnering with GenZ EV Solutions, a leading provider of EV charging stations, for it’s new EV charging park called “Subway Oasis.”
Charging canopies with multiple ports, picnic tables, Wi-Fi, restrooms, green space, and playgrounds will be features of the Subway Oasis network, which will be piloted at restaurants across the U.S. starting in 2023.
“We’re constantly exploring new ways to innovate and exceed our guests’ expectations for a high-quality, convenient experience,” Mike Kappitt, Chief Operating and Insights Officer of Subway, said in a press release. “Our partnership with GenZ EV Solutions is a win for our guests, our franchisees and our planet, creating a dedicated space for drivers to charge their vehicle while enjoying their favorite Subway sandwich.”
Subway’s initiative adds to the growing expansion of EV charging station networks across the U.S. as infrastructure races to meet the needs of drivers making the switch to EVs.
The U.S. Department of Energy lists 50,784 active EV charging stations across the country. The Biden administration set a goal for nearly ten times that many by the year 2030, a pledge backed up with $7.5 billion in funding for EV charging infrastructure in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Minimum standards for federally funded EV infrastructure were released last week, with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm saying they clear “the path for a nation-wide network of chargers that is even more accessible and affordable than traditional gas stations.”
Subway and GenZ EV Solutions’ efforts are designed to leverage the chain’s national footprint to help contribute to the national network of charging stations.
“Equitable access to charging is essential to the adoption of EVs in the future and Subway’s scale will play an important role in democratizing charging infrastructure for millions of Americans,” said Jose Valls, CEO of GenZ EV Solutions. “By coupling our technology and know-how with Red E Charging’s strategic site selection and Subway’s network of restaurants across the U.S., we are continuing to make key strides in building the EV infrastructure of tomorrow.”
The companies say they hope to offer added convenience for their guests while also doing good for the planet.