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It's not that surprising when an electric utility installs some electric vehicle chargers, but a gas station? That's a bit more unusual, even if it might one day be the norm in Russia. And what happens when a gasoline distributor gets into the EV game? Well, we're about to find out down in Charlotte, North Carolina.

That's where Mark Oil, which distributes fuel for BP, is going to work with Nissan to expand the No Charge To Charge program for Leaf EV buyers. The new expansion means that 10 BP stations in Charlotte are going to get DC fast charging stations that should get an empty Leaf battery to about 80 percent full in a half hour. Nissan also said that once the new BP station charging units are up and running, "Leaf drivers in the metro Charlotte area are never more than 10 miles from a fast charger," said Brian Maragno, Nissan's director of EV sales and marketing in a statement. No Charge To Charge lets new Leaf buyers charge up at participating charging stations for free for the first two years of ownership.

A month ago, we learned that the number of gas stations in the US is on the decline, which there are ever more charging stations. If gas-station convenience stores want to stay relevant in the coming plug-in era, then installing DC fast chargers is a good way to go.

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