Leave It to Beaver: Mercedes Opens More Fast Chargers at Texas Buc-ee’s Stores

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Buc-ee’s, beacon of the most American of all driving traditions, is going electric – sort of. Some Texas locations of the kitschy, massive stores are getting Mercedes-Benz’s DC fast charging stations, and many more are expected by the end of 2024.

The automaker recently opened chargers at Buc-ee’s locations in Fort Worth, Royse City, and Temple, and said it would build 12 more at locations in the Dallas area (includes Fort Worth), Houston, and San Antonio. As Electrek noted, 68 percent of Texans live in those regions.

The store chain operates 48 locations, mainly in the South, with 34 of them in Texas alone. Other travel stops and gas station chains are working toward similar goals. Hertz and BP intend to build charging locations across the country, and the Pilot Company has teamed with General Motors and EVgo to build 2,000 350kW fast chargers at their travel centers.

Buc-ee’s massive store locations provide gas, food, and souvenirs, and have become so much a part of the American highway landscape that they’re tourist destinations on their own. That draw makes them ideal for EV charging stations, despite the fact that they celebrate largess and consumption (I love them, for the record). So, while you might feel a bit out of place charging an EV at a Buc-ee’s store, you can at least grab some Beaver Nuggets and a brisket sandwich while you wait.

[Images: Ray Shrewsbury via Shutterstock and Mercedes-Benz]

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • Jan Smith Jan Smith on May 21, 2024

    Let’s get them in there. Especially in Deep South Texas (Rio Grande Valley)! $3-4/gallon for gas shouldn’t be the norm.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on May 23, 2024

    jeff; believe it or not. I had lunch with Mr Maddox once.

  • Bkojote I'm proud to drive my Jeep, an American car that was made in Mexico and engineered in Italy for Brazil by a French-Italian company discarded by the Germans and now headquartered in the Netherlands.Sure my Renegade is a pile, but it's the same brand that made the XJ Cherokee! And that's as American as they come, as it was financed and engineered by the French whose colors are also red white and blue, and who could forget the Wrangler, which is proudly assembled in Ohio by a Korean firm they subcontracted to.
  • Paul Alexander Pretty cool that WalMart, the driving force behind consumer products all being Made-In-China and the destruction of Main Street USA, is considered patriotic.
  • Vatchy I don't see the problem. 99% of people I see on the road don't use turn signals anyway.
  • Slavuta Mazda3 is a great car @$20K inflation money
  • Tassos Maybe Fisker and his buddy Bob Lutz will buy a couple and use them to be BURIED IN THEM.