GM Moves Ahead On Its Own US High Speed DCFC Network

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Powered by EVgo, the 350 KW high speed charging network should improve reliability for long-distance EV travel across the US.

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – July 14, 2022

    2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV

    Just ahead of the Silverado EV release, a new high speed charging network set to charge it is announced.​

    GM has just announced they will be increasing access to charging and improve the reliability of long-distance electric travel across the U.S. GM and Pilot (Pilot and Flying J) are collaborating on a national high speed DC fast charging network that will be installed, operated and maintained by EVgo through its eXtend offering. This project will connect urban and rural communities, the East and West Coasts and different metropolitan areas.

    This network of 2,000 charging stalls, co-branded “Pilot Flying J” and “Ultium Charge 360”, will be powered by EVgo eXtend and open to all EV brands at up to 500 Pilot and Flying J travel centers. GM customers will receive special benefits like exclusive reservations, discounts on charging, a streamlined charging process through Plug and Charge and integration into GM’s vehicle brand apps providing real-time charger availability and help with route planning. This collaboration is expected to enhance America’s EV driving experience.

    EVgo will continue scaling fast charging deployments for the program. The new EVgo sites all deploy cutting-edge power sharing technology, including high power fast chargers capable of delivering up to 350 kW. Sites can provide up to 150 miles of range in 8-12 minutes for new 350kW capable EV models coming to market shortly.

    The Pilot and Flying J travel centers plan to feature numerous 350 KW fast charging stalls provided by EVgo, which is also working with GM to add more than 3,250 fast chargers in American cities and suburbs by the end of 2025. Many of these sites will feature canopies to help protect customers from the elements while charging, as well as pull-through capability allowing convenient charging for electric pickup trucks and SUVs pulling trailers.

    Third-party research shows that widespread access to highway charging, particularly in underserved urban and rural areas, is a significant barrier to mass EV adoption2.

    This collaboration is targeting the installation of charging stalls at 50-mile intervals across the U.S. For GM, this development is one more step of its nearly $750 million investment in EV charging infrastructure, including:
    • Enabling access to more than 100,000 charge points in the U.S. and Canada through its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem

    • Collaborating with EVgo to build out a network of 3,250 charging stalls in major metro areas by 2025

    • Installing up to 40,000 chargers in local dealer communities through GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program, focusing on underserved rural and urban areas
    This project builds on Pilot’s recently announced “New Horizons” initiative to invest $1 billion to fully upgrade its travel centers with more premium amenities and offerings that aren’t typically available at current EV charging locations. Guests will have access to free Wi-Fi at many locations, expanded seating and lounge areas, updated and modernized restrooms, on-site restaurants including Pilot’s signature fresh hot and cold deli, premium coffee, and shopping for travel essentials and souvenirs while their vehicles are charging. Pilot and Flying J travel centers are open 24/7, ensuring that team members are always onsite to provide consistently high service to guests.

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