The fast charging network will be open to all the EV brands at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centres


GM, Pilot join forces to build EV fast charging network in US. (Credit: Coolcaesar at English Wikipedia)

General Motors (GM) and Pilot Company (Pilot and Flying J) are joining forces to build a national DC fast charging network in the US that will be installed, operated, and maintained by EVgo via its eXtend offering.

Pilot is a supplier of fuel and operator of travel centres in North America.

The network to be built by GM and Pilot will consist 2,000 charging stalls. They will be co-branded “Pilot Flying J” and “Ultium Charge 360”.

Powered by EVgo eXtend, the fast charging network will be open to all the electric vehicle (EV) brands at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centres, said GM.

GM chair and CEO Mary Barra 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.

“With travel centres across North America, Pilot Company is an ideal collaborator to reach a broad audience of EV drivers.”

Several fast charging stalls provided by EVgo are planned to be installed at the Pilot and Flying J travel centres. These include high power fast chargers that can provide up to 350kW.

EVgo has been collaborating with GM to add over 3,250 fast chargers in US cities and suburbs by the end of 2025. The former was selected as a strategic collaborator because of its know-how in installing, operating, and maintaining DC fast charging infrastructure, said GM.

EVgo CEO Cathy Zoi said: “EVgo, GM and Pilot Company share a commitment to building an electric fueling network that increases access and makes the shift to electrification as frictionless as possible for all. We look forward to this collaboration and ensuring the EVgo network provides nationwide coverage, including critical corridors for road trips.”

Apart from the announced initiative, GM said that alongside Pilot, it will continue working with important stakeholders for using new and existing public-private programmes to expedite the development of more public EV charging infrastructure.