Pilot Travel Centers, GM, and EVgo have opened the first of 17 locations in their previously announced national EV fast charging network for the U.S.

The network aims to offer EV drivers an elevated charging experience, with the same amenities offered at existing Pilot and Flying J travel center locations. Alongside multiple public agencies and utilities, the three companies worked together to support the growth of the nation’s public fast charging infrastructure, creating a model for how public-private collaboration can accelerate broader access to EV charging.

Many locations throughout the network offer a variety of amenities, products and services accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Among these are multiple fast charging stalls at each site, with select chargers capable of delivering up to 350kW and all offering Plug&Charge compatibility. Canopies help protect drivers from the elements during charging, while pull-through charging stalls to accommodate EV towing. The chargers themselves are centrally-located in well-lit areas, and are monitored around-the-clock by onsite staff. More broadly, the locations offer access to restrooms, food and beverage options, and free Wi-Fi.

Customers charging on the network will be able to access a dedicated digital user experience for it, with EV customers able to find available charging locations through GM’s vehicle brand apps, Pilot’s myRewards Plus smartphone app, EVgo’s smartphone app, Plugshare and similar EV-focused applications. From spring 2024, GM and Pilot Travel Centers will introduce exclusive benefits for GM drivers charging on the network, including the ability to reserve a charger as well as discounts on charging.

By the end of 2023, Pilot and Flying J expect that at least 25 of its travel centers will feature EV fast charging, with approximately 200 locations targeted by the end of 2024. In total, the network will include up to 2,000 high-power fast charging stalls at up to 500 travel centers across the U.S., with the intent to connect urban and rural communities.