General Motors will collaborate with Pilot Company (Pilot and Flying J) to establish a nationwide DC fast-charging network that will be installed, operated, and maintained by EVgo. The project is a demonstration of how public and private companies can help to build out the nationwide EV charging infrastructure, a crucial part of the expansion of electric vehicle adoption.
The 2,000-stall network will be built out along American highways, connecting urban and rural communities. Chargers will be available at 50-mile intervals across the United States.
The chargers will be open to all EV brands at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J locations, and GM customers, due to the collaboration, will receive exclusive benefits, including exclusive reservations, discounts on charging, real-time charger availability updates, and route planning. “This collaboration is expected to enhance America’s EV driving experience,” GM said.
The Pilot and Flying J locations that will be equipped with EVgo fast chargers will include numerous stalls, including ones capable of charging speeds up to 350 kW. EVgo is also working with GM to add more than 3,250 fast chargers to American cities and suburban areas within the next three years. EVgo was chosen due to its expertise in building, operating, and maintaining DC fast charging infrastructure. The sites will feature numerous convenience features as well, including pull-through capabilities for pickups and SUVs hauling trailers, and canopies to protect owners from weather and the elements.
GM’s Mary Barra said, “We are committed to an all-electric, zero-emissions future, and ensuring that the right charging infrastructure is in place is a key piece of the puzzle. With travel centers across North America, Pilot Company is an ideal collaborator to reach a broad audience of EV drivers.”
GM said that research performed by Escalent in 2021 showed one of the largest barriers to mass EV adoption was a lack of widespread access to highway charging, particularly in underserved urban and rural areas. This is a main reason for the collaboration, according to Cath Zoi, the CEO of EVgo.
“EVgo, GM, and Pilot Company share a commitment to building an electric fueling network that increases access and makes the shift to electrification as frictionless as possible for all. We look forward to this collaboration and ensuring the EVgo network provides nationwide coverage, including critical corridors for road trips, Zoi said. “Through EVgo eXtend, we are demonstrating yet another innovative pathway to help America electrify — and showcasing why EVgo’s technology and industry leadership make us the partner of choice to site hosts, automakers, and drivers alike as we work together to deliver a cleaner future of transportation.”
The collaboration is just one part of GM’s nearly $750 million investment into expanding the EV charging infrastructure:
- Enabling access to more than 100,000 charge points in the U.S. and Canada through its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem
- Collaborating with EVgo to build out a network of 3,250 charging stalls in major metro areas by 2025
- Installing up to 40,000 chargers in local dealer communities through GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program, focusing on underserved rural and urban areas
On the other hand, the collaboration is also part of Pilot Company’s “New Horizons” initiative, which has set a $1 billion investment aside to fully upgrade travel centers with amenities and other features that are not typically available at current EV charging locations. These include free Wi-Fi, lounge areas, restrooms, on-site restaurants, coffee, travel essentials, and souvenirs.
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