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GM, Pilot Company to Build EV Charging Network

By Sofía Garduño | Thu, 07/14/2022 - 15:47

General Motors (GM) allied with Pilot Company (Pilot and Flying J) to build an EV fast charging network across the US that will be installed and maintained by EVgo. This project aims to accelerate the adoption of EVs by allowing drivers to travel long distances in these vehicles.

 

“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 Shameek Konar, CEO, Pilot Company.

 

The charging network will be composed of 2,000 EV charging stalls that will be available at 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers. The charging stalls will be open to all EV brands but GM customers will receive discounts, will be able to make exclusive reservations and will enjoy integration into GM’s vehicle brand apps, among other benefits. The charging stalls installed in the initial phase of the project are expected to be operational by 2023 and will be capable of delivering up to 3560 KW.

 

“EVgo has always believed in collaboration as a powerful means for accelerating transportation electrification,” said EVgo. The expertise of this brand in building and operating charging infrastructure led GM and Pilot Company to choose it for this project. EVgo is already working with GM to install over 3,000 chargers in the US by 2025.

 

“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,” said Mary Barra, Chair and CEO, GM.

As part of its commitment to an all-electric future, GM aims to produce 30 new EVs for every style and price point by 2025. During the same period, GM will invest US$27 billion in EV products.

 

All actors in the automotive industry are working to achieve zero-emissions, many of them through efforts to generate the infrastructure that will boost the adoption of EVs. Recently, Traton Group, Volvo Group and Daimler Truck allied to work on a high-power charging network in the EU for all battery electric heavy-duty trucks. “I am convinced that our brands, Scania, MAN, Navistar and Volkswagen Truck & Bus are a part of the solution when it comes to a CO₂-neutral world. Charging infrastructure is a prerequisite to bring carbon-neutral commercial vehicles to the market quickly and successfully,” said Christian Levin, President and CEO, Traton Group.

 

Charging Infrastructure in Mexico

 

In 2021, Mexico experienced an increase of 154 percent in EV sales compared to 2020, according to data from AMIA. However, investment in infrastructure and the support of authorities is needed to really accelerate the transition towards electrification. “Mexico only has about 350 charging stations for EVs, while Holland has about 40,000. The country needs infrastructure and corridors for both light and heavy vehicles,” said Alberto Bustamante, Director General, INA, to MBN.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
GM, MBN
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Sofía Garduño Sofía Garduño Journalist & Industry Analyst