In a press release announcing the deal, GM says the fast chargers will be installed at 500 of Pilot Company’s travel centers, which include Pilot and Flying J. The network will be open to owners of all electric vehicles. Tesla wasn’t explicitly excluded, and EVgo does provide Tesla connectors at some of its stations, so there is a possibility Tesla owners will be able to plug in at these new stations.
GM owners will get additional benefits like being able to make reservations, discounts on charging rates, and Plug and Charge integration.
The locations will be about 50 miles (80km) apart on major US highways. Many of the 500 locations, which will be branded “Pilot Flying J” and “Ultium Charge 360” are expected to be up and running by the end of 2023.
“GM and Pilot Company designed this program to combine private investments alongside intended government grant and utility programs to help reduce range anxiety and significantly close the gap in long-distance EV charger demand. Our travel centers are well-equipped to accommodate EV charging with 24/7 amenities and convenient proximity to major roadways across the country. We look forward to collaborating with GM and the U.S. Department of Transportation to make convenient coast-to-coast EV travel a reality through our national network of travel centers,” said Shameek Konar, Pilot Company Chief Executive Officer.
This latest partnership expands on a previous deal between GM and EVgo to install 3,250 DC fast chargers across the U.S. by the end of 2025.
GM is also working with its dealer network to install up to 40,000 chargers across Canada and the US, with a focus to place them in communities underserved by existing charging infrastructure.