General Motors is teaming up with Pilot Flying J to create a national EV fast-charging network.
The partnership between GM and Pilot will help accelerate sales of electric vehicles by filling gaps in charging infrastructure. Access to charging stations remains with American drivers main concern according to a July Consumer Reports poll.
Plans call for 2,000 charging stations, including 350-kilowatt DC fast chargers, to be installed at about 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers at 50-mile intervals. Any electric vehicle brand can access the network, but GM said its customers will enjoy benefits such as discounts, exclusive bookings and access to real-time availability and route planning information through the automaker’s apps.
EVgo will install, operate and maintain the network through its eXtend program, which supplies charging stations to customers such as gas stations and retailers.
Dominant players such as EVgo and Electrify America have emerged, but the auto industry is still trying to unify patchwork charging stations across the country, so EV drivers don’t have to worry about going out of range or finding a station that will serve their brand.
GM’s total $750 billion investment in charging infrastructure includes a partnership with EVgo that will add more than 3,250 fast chargers in US cities and suburbs by the end of 2025.
In June, GM said it would equip its battery-electric models with “Plug and charge” capabilityjoining a growing list of automakers looking to streamline the charging process for electric vehicles by allowing drivers to easily connect and automate payment at various charging stations.
Tesla is also planning open your Supercharger network in North America to third-party electric vehicles.
President Joe Biden’s administration helps drive efforts along with distribution plan almost 5 billion dollars over the next five years, build thousands of charging stations for electric vehicles. The money is part of a $7.5 billion deal approved by Congress in November to fund 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.
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