EV Charging Stations: 17 Locations in 13 States Now Open
Pilot Travel Centers, a Knoxville, TN-based company that operates the country’s largest network of travel centers under the Pilot, One9, and Flying J brands, has opened 17 new EV charging locations in 13 states. A collaboration with charging solutions provider EVgo and General Motors, makers of the Chevy Bolt, Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Sierra EV, Hummer EV, and other electric cars, the stations are located at existing Pilot and Travel J locations, making the convenient for travelers looking for a quick charge.
Ultra-Fast Charging and Access to Amenities
Together, the companies promise an “elevated charging experience” that includes access to all of the amenities and conveniences at the travel centers they are attached to, as well as the latest and fastest charging equipment. The new stations include:
- Multiple fast-charging stalls that should mean no lines for chargers
- Chargers capable of delivering up to 350 kW, compatible with the fastest charging EVs on the market
- Pull-through charging stalls to make it easy to charge up – and accommodate EVs towing trailers
- Canopies to protect drivers and cars from the elements while charging
- Well-lit charging areas monitored by onsite staff
- Clean restrooms and food and beverage options
- Free wi-fi
- Plug and Charge compatibility; for users with accounts, connecting the charger to the vehicle initiates charging immediately for a seamless experience
The seamless, interconnected digital experience for visitors also extends to Pilot’s myRewards program, which offers deals on food, beverages, and merchandise. The myRewards app also connects to the EVgo app, PlugShare, and other applications for electric vehicle owners. Furthermore, drivers of GM electric vehicles will have additional benefits on the network, including the ability to reserve a charger, and even get discounts on charging.
More Than 2,000 Charging Stations Coming
The 17 stations currently open are just the start. By the end of 2023, the three companies say there will be at least 25 fast charging stations at Pilot and Flying J travel centers, with approximately 200 targeted by the end of next year. The long-term plan is to have fast chargers at 500 well-positioned Pilot and Flying J stops with 2,000 high-speed charging stalls along freeways connecting urban and rural communities. The three companies have worked together to choose strategic locations on highly-travelled corridors to make long-distance electric vehicle travel more convenient.