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Thursday, July 14, 2022


GM, EVgo, and Pilot will install 2,000 fast chargers at travel centers

Jonathan M. Gitlin
The Cadillac Lyriq is one of a new range of EVs built by General Motors using a new common battery and motor platform.
Enlarge / The Cadillac Lyriq is one of a new range of EVs built by General Motors using a new common battery and motor platform.
General Motors

General Motors is in the process of transforming itself into an electrified automaker, as entire brands like Cadillac and Hummer switch their lineups to entirely electric vehicles. To help the process of EV adoption, the automaker is also investing in charging infrastructure around the country. On Thursday, it announced that it is working with the Pilot Company to install 2,000 DC fast chargers at Pilot and Flying J travel centers around the US.

The chargers will be operated by EVgo, which has already partnered with GM on a fast charger expansion program—initially 2,700 and now 3,250—to be completed by 2025.

The travel centers should have at least four charging machines each—GM and Pilot say that in total, they intend to place 2,000 chargers at up to 500 locations. And the companies say that many of the installations will have canopies to shield EV drivers from the elements and will be designed to work with EVs towing trailers.

It seems likely that some of the funding for this expansion will come from the federal government's recently announced Interstate charging network program. This allocated $5 billion between now and fiscal year 2027 to build a network of highway chargers with at least four fast chargers every 50 miles.

"GM and Pilot Company designed this program to combine private investments alongside intended government grant and utility programs to help reduce range anxiety and significantly close the gap in long-distance EV charger demand," said Shameek Konar, Pilot's CEO. "Our travel centers are well-equipped to accommodate EV charging with 24/7 amenities and convenient proximity to major roadways across the country. We look forward to collaborating with GM and the US Department of Transportation to make convenient coast-to-coast EV travel a reality through our national network of travel centers."

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