Des Moines-based Seneca Cos., a supplier and services provider to the retail petroleum industry, announced this week that it has partnered with ChargePoint, a California-based electric vehicle (EV) charging station network. As a signature partner, Seneca will represent ChargePoint’s entire product line and provide product support throughout Seneca’s footprint in the Midwest, South and Mountain regions.
The partnership allows Seneca to integrate ChargePoint into its fueling market offerings in both the consumer and commercial markets, said JC Risewick, president and chief operating officer of Seneca Cos.
According to a current company fact sheet, ChargePoint’s network provides more than 64,200 total charging spots and more than 1,170 Express DC fast spots, with more than 55 million charges delivered. It has dozens of charging stations in Greater Des Moines, ranging from city parking garages and hotel parking lots to stations at Hy-Vee and Kum & Go stores.
Seneca has not previously worked with ChargePoint, so none of ChargePoint’s existing charging stations were installed by Seneca, but the company will now be available for servicing those stations and adding new ones, said Jodi Solomon, Seneca’s marketing director.
“We want to be cutting-edge on technology so that we can serve both existing customers and future customers,” she said. Denver, where Seneca operates a location, will be a major target for sales through the partnership, Solomon said.
Solomon anticipates that commercial e-vehicle fleets will drive growth initially. The company will be targeting convenience stores, hotels and various types of retailers. Seneca hasn’t made any sales projections yet for the charging stations, she said.