7-Eleven is collaborating with HTEC (Hydrogen Technology & Energy Corporation) to build two retail hydrogen refueling stations in British Columbia.
The station locations, one in North Vancouver and another proposed for Vancouver Island, will be part of the six-station network HTEC is building to support the rollout of the first 1,000 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) in BC. The stations will operate at 7-Eleven sites where Esso-branded fuel is sold.
7-Eleven is the largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises, and licenses more than 67,000 stores in 17 countries, including more than 600 locations in Canada.
Corporate sustainability is an important focus for the company. 7-Eleven recently expanded its RENEW™ Emissions Offset Program in Canada and the United States. The program invests in carbon emissions offset projects such as reforestation, solar power, wind power, and more to offset tailpipe emissions.
Colin Armstrong, CEO, HTEC said, “We couldn’t lead the rollout of Canada’s first network of hydrogen refueling stations without strong relationships with companies supporting the drive towards clean transportation. The stations we build with 7-Eleven will expand HTEC’s hydrogen refueling network considerably. Whether it’s travelling across the Straight of Georgia and fuelling up on Vancouver Island, or hitting the North Vancouver station on route to Whistler, HTEC’s collaboration with 7-Eleven has expanded the possibilities for FCEV drivers to travel beyond Metro Vancouver and explore other parts of the province."
Doug Rosencrans, Vice President and General Manager, 7-Eleven Canada “Reducing our impact on the environment is an important priority for many of our customers, and a strategic imperative for 7‑Eleven globally. 7-Eleven has been a leader in installing electric vehicle charging stations on sites around the world. Now, working with HTEC, we are exploring innovative hydrogen refueling solutions that continue to reduce our carbon footprint while meeting the evolving transportation needs of our customers.”