GM intends to create a network of 2,000 charging stalls at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers across the country. The stalls will be open to vehicles from all manufacturers, though those driving GM electric vehicles will have access to a few perks. GM drivers will benefit from discounts, a “streamlined charging process,” and the ability to make reservations. Among the new chargers are high-power 350-kW fast-charging stalls. These Level 3 chargers are capable of providing up to 120 miles of range in as little as 10-20 minutes, depending on the vehicle used. The fast-charging stalls will be provided by EVgo, which is also partnering with GM to install over 3,250 fast chargers in various cities. A statement from the car company says EVgo was chosen as a partner on the project because of “its expertise in building, operating, and maintaining DC fast-charging infrastructure.”
Mary Barra, GM Chair and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are committed to an all-electric, zero-emissions future, and ensuring that the right charging infrastructure is in place is a key piece of the puzzle.” Many of the new stations have been specifically placed in rural or underserved locations. This may drive up EV sales as a lack of charging infrastructure has repeatedly been identified as a key factor holding back electric vehicle adoption. GM’s “phase one” EV charging stalls are expected to be operational at some point next year. Eventually, charging points may be available as frequently as every 50 miles along major roads.