GM and EVgo will build fast chargers at Pilot Flying J gas stations – TechCrunch


General Motors partners with Pilot Flying J to create a nationwide fast-charging network for electric vehicles.

The partnership between GM and Pilot will help accelerate electric vehicle sales by closing the gaps along the charging infrastructure. Access to charging stations remains the top concern for US drivers when buying or leasing an electric vehicle, according to a July survey by Consumer Reports.

Plans call for 2,000 charging stations – including 350-kilowatt DC fast chargers – at around 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers at 50-mile intervals. All brands of electric vehicles can access the network, but GM said its customers will get benefits like discounts, exclusive reservations and access to real-time availability and route planning through the apps. Car manufacturer.

EVgo will install, operate and maintain the network through its eXtend program, which provides charging stations to customers such as gas stations and retailers.

Although dominant players such as EVgo and Electrify America have emerged, the auto industry is still struggling to unify the nationwide patchwork of charging stations so EV drivers don’t have to worry. running out of range or looking for a station that will serve their brand.

GM’s total investment of $750 billion in charging infrastructure includes partnering with EVgo to add more than 3,250 fast chargers to U.S. cities and suburbs by the end of 2025.

In June, GM announced it would equip its battery-electric models with “Plug and Charge” capability, joining a growing list of automakers focused on streamlining the EV charging process by allowing drivers to easily plug in and automate payment at a different load range. stations.

Tesla also plans to open its network of superchargers in North America to non-Tesla electric vehicles.

President Joe Biden’s administration is helping push the effort with a plan to allocate nearly $5 billion over the next five years to build thousands of electric vehicle charging stations. The money is part of the $7.5 billion approved by Congress in November to fund 500,000 electric vehicle charging stations.

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