Pilot Travel Centers, General Motors (GM) and EVgo announced the opening of the first 17 locations of their national electric vehicle (EV) fast charging network, previously announced in 2022. The network is now available in 13 states.
Pilot Travel Centers, GM and EVgo, along with multiple public agencies and utilities, have worked together to grow public fast charging infrastructure. According to Pilot, it is a model for how public-private collaboration can make measurable progress in accelerating broader access to EV charging.
“EV drivers are eager for a better charging experience and to have more charging locations along America’s most traveled corridors. These new charging locations, and the many more to come, will be critical for improving range confidence,” said Adam Wright, Pilot Travel Centers chief executive officer. “As interest in EVs continues to grow, we believe our network can be a catalyst to getting more EV drivers on the road.”
By the end of 2023, it is expected that at least 25 Pilot and Flying J travel centers will feature EV fast charging, with approximately 200 locations targeted by the end of 2024. In total, the network will include up to 2,000 high-power fast charging stalls at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers across the United States, connecting urban and rural communities.
According to a company press release, expansion sites for this network have been strategically selected for continued electrification of highly traveled corridors.
EV users will be able to easily find available charging locations through GM’s vehicle brand apps, Pilot’s myRewards Plus app and in the EVgo app, as well as in other apps designed for EV drivers like PlugShare.
Beginning in spring 2024, GM and Pilot Travel Centers LLC will introduce exclusive benefits for GM drivers, including the ability to reserve a charger and discounts on charging. All EV travelers can also save at Pilot and Flying J locations with regular deals on food, beverages and merchandise available in the myRewards Plus app.