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GM to Develop EV Charging Network in US with Travel Operator

GM and Pilot program is targeting the installation of charging stalls at 50-mile intervals.

by Aishwarya Saxena

American automaker General Motors Co and travel operator Pilot have teamed up to develop a national network of 2,000 electric vehicle charging stalls at travel centres to make it easier to recharge near highways.

Charging StallsThe companies said the stations will be co-branded “Pilot Flying J” and “Ultium Charge 360,” powered by EVgo and open to all EV brands at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centres.

The companies did not disclose the financial investment.

“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,” said Pilot Company Chief Executive Officer Shameek Konar.

GM and Pilot said the program is targeting the installation of charging stalls at 50-mile intervals.

It is part of GM’s previously announced nearly $750 million investment in EV charging stalls infrastructure.

GM CEO Mary Barra said “the right charging infrastructure is in place is a key piece” of an all-electric U.S. auto fleet. The automaker plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new vehicles by 2035.

GM said earlier it is collaborating with EVgo to build a network of 3,250 charging stalls in major metro areas by 2025. Pilot recently announced plans to invest $1 billion to upgrade its travel centres.

By 2030, President Joe Biden wants 50 per cent of all new vehicles sold to be electric or plug-in hybrid electric models and 500,000 new EV charging stations.

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