Pilot Travel Centers opens the first 17 locations in its new coast-to-coast EV charging network

Pilot Travel Centers, in cooperation with GM and EVgo, is building a new national fast EV charging network. Now the company has opened the first 17 locations, located in 13 states.

The partners aim to deploy fast charging at around 25 Pilot and Flying J travel centers by the end of 2023, and at 200 locations by the end of 2024. In total, the network will include up to 2,000 DC fast charging stalls at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers across the US.

“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 Pilot Travel Centers CEO Adam Wright.

The charging network is designed to offer a high-quality charging experience, providing EV travelers access to the same amenities offered at existing Pilot and Flying J travel centers. Sites offer a variety of 24/7 amenities including:

  • Multiple fast charging stalls at each site, with power levels up to 350 kW;
  • Canopies to protect drivers from the elements;
  • Pull-through charging stalls to accommodate EV towing;
  • Centrally located chargers in well-lit areas, monitored around the clock by onsite staff;
  • Access to restrooms, food and beverage options and free WiFi;
  • Plug & Charge compatibility for a streamlined charging experience.

EV travelers will be able to find available charging locations via GM’s branded apps, Pilot’s myRewards Plus app and the EVgo app, as well as PlugShare and other popular EV apps.

Beginning in spring 2024, GM and Pilot will introduce exclusive benefits for GM drivers, including the ability to reserve a charger and discounts on charging.

“As GM continues to advance its vision of an electric future, we’re collaborating broadly to accelerate access to convenient charging at home and on the go,” said Wade Sheffer, VP of GM Energy. “This new network will provide EV drivers with a quality charging experience and greater peace of mind during road trips.”

“EVgo is committed to delivering a convenient, reliable, and customer-centric charging experience,” said Dennis Kish, EVgo chief operating officer. “With robust amenities, optimal corridor locations, high-power charging and more, our collaboration with GM and Pilot company puts drivers first.”

Source: Pilot Travel Centers

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