Pilot Company (formerly Pilot Flying J), which operates over 800 retail fuel stations, is moving with confidence into the EV charging space. Now the company has signed a letter of intent with the Volvo Group to develop a charging network open to all battery-electric Class 8 truck brands.
Chargers will be located at select Pilot and Flying J travel centers across the US, which are ideally positioned along transportation corridors and are well-equipped to serve professional drivers. Pilot recently announced plans to invest $1 billion to upgrade its locations for the electric future, enabling the development of charging networks for both passenger vehicles and Class 8 trucks. Charger locations will be selected based on customer needs, anticipated density of electric trucks, and the availability of public funding to support infrastructure costs.
“Pilot Company is eager to help our customers attain their sustainability goals by partnering with the Volvo Group to develop the infrastructure and systems needed to move towards a more decarbonized future,” said CEO Shameek Konar. “Volvo Group’s proven expertise in electric trucks combined with our nationwide travel center network and robust energy platform leverages our respective knowledge and resources to advance the nation’s charging infrastructure.”
“Our VNR Electric customers, as well as other fleets looking to adopt battery-electric trucks, will have peace of mind that they can access a reliable and robust, publicly accessible charging network strategically located along major transportation corridors, enabling them to extend their operating radius and decarbonize even more of their routes,” said Peter Voorhoeve, President, Volvo Trucks North America.