Why it’s so hard to give up gasoline: Convenience, and convenience stores

According to the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS), which is all about “advancing convenience and fuel retailing,” of the 154,958 convenience stores in the U.S., 122,552 sell gasoline.

What this means is that should you be in need of a gallon of milk you can also readily get a gallon of gas, which is arguably the definition of convenience for many people, who also are interested in everything from lottery tickets to vaping supplies, as well as topping of their tanks.

While the number of gas stations in the U.S. is reasonably high (yes, there are also stations that don’t offer an array of beef jerky, as well), it is surprising how many electric vehicle chargers there are out there. According to the Alternative Fuels Data Center, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, there are 21,009 chargers in the U.S. Admittedly, the data tracks all types of installations, whether it is a DC fast-charging setup at a Dunkin’ Donuts or a Level 2 charger on a corporate campus. The former is probably more accessible than the latter.