General Motors to pilot 2000 EV charging network on US highways

General Motors and travel operator Pilot said Thursday they will develop a national network of 2,000 electric vehicle charging stalls at travel centers to make it easier to recharge near US highways.

These stations will be co-branded with Pilot Flying J and Altium Charge 360, which will be operated by EVGO and open to all, the companies said. EV Brand at 500 Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers. The companies did not disclose financial investments.

Shamik Konar, chief executive officer of the pilot company, said, “GM and the pilot company designed this program to combine private investment with government grants and utility programs to reduce range anxiety and reduce long-distance concerns. To bridge the gap in demand for EV chargers.

Last month, the US Department of Transportation (USDOT) proposed minimum standards and requirements to states for EV charging projects funded under a $5 billion (about Rs 40,000 crore) government program.

The Biden administration says states should prioritize investment along interstate highways, installing EV charging infrastructure every 50 miles (about 80 km) along interstate highways and within 1 mile (about 1.5 km) of highways to be located.

GM And pilot He said the program is targeting to set up charging stalls at 50-mile intervals. This is part of GM’s previously announced approximately $750 million (about Rs 6,000 crore) investment in EV charging infrastructure.

GM CEO Mary Barra said that “the right charging infrastructure exists, which is a vital piece of an all-electric US auto fleet”. The automaker plans to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new vehicles by 2035.

GM had earlier said that it is collaborating with EVGO to build a network of 3,250 charging stalls in major metro areas by 2025. Pilot recently announced plans to invest $1 billion (about Rs 8,000 crore) to upgrade its travel hubs.

By 2030, President Joe Biden wants 50 percent of all new vehicles sold to be electric or plug-in hybrid electric models and 500,000 new EV charging stations; He does not support the phasing out of sales of new gasoline-powered vehicles by 2030.

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