General Motors is rolling out a new network of electric vehicle fast chargers in partnership with Pilot Co., owner of the Pilot and Flying J freeway travel centers, and the EVgo electric vehicle charging network.
The companies will install a total of 2,000 fast chargers at 500 Pilot locations along US highways at approximately 50-mile intervals, they said Thursday. The partners expect a significant portion of these chargers to be installed and operational by the end of 2023.
“GM and Pilot Company designed this program to combine private investment with government grants and utility programs intended to reduce range anxiety and significantly close the gap in demand for electric vehicle chargers. long distance,” Shameek Konar, CEO of Pilot Co., said in a statement.
The deal, which is expected to benefit from grants made available by the US government, is part of a broader $750 million effort by GM to build an accessible fast-charging network as it prepares to launch a series new electric vehicles over the next few years.
The chargers will be installed, operated and maintained by EVgo and will include high-powered fast chargers capable of charging up to 350 kilowatts as well as charging stations designed to accommodate electric vehicles that tow trailers. The chargers will be open to all electric vehicles compatible with DC fast charging.
GM partners with EVgo and Pilot to add EV chargers to stations.
GM and EVgo previously announced a plan to install an additional 3,250 fast chargers in and around U.S. cities and suburbs by the end of 2025. GM is also working with its dealers in the U.S. and Canada to install up to 40,000 chargers in dealership communities. , an effort focused on “underserved rural and urban areas,” the company said.
Studies have shown that driver concerns about access to charging stations along highways are a limiting factor in the adoption of electric vehicles.
“We are committed to an all-electric, emission-free future, and ensuring the right charging infrastructure is in place is a key piece of the puzzle,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “With travel centers across North America, Pilot Company is an ideal partner to reach a broad audience of EV drivers.”