Electrify America announced Monday an agreement with TravelCenters of America (TA) to install EV fast chargers at their rest stops.
TA and Electrify America hope to install 1,000 individual DC fast charging stations at 200 locations along major thoroughfares over a five-year period, with the first stations coming online in 2023, according to a joint press release.
According to the companies, the effort will bring “next-generation fast chargers at 50-mile intervals across the country.”
Electrify America DC Fast Chargers – CCS and CHAdeMO
TA will purchase the chargers from Electrify America, but Electrify America will install, operate and maintain them. Customers can also find these chargers and pay for charging through the Electrify America app, just like other fully-owned chargers.
Like these other chargers, the units installed at TA locations offer up to 350kW of charging power and Plug & Charge connectivity, allowing drivers of compatible vehicles to start a charging session and be automatically billed just by plugging in.
2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 at the Electrify America DC fast charging station
Launched as part of Volkswagen’s diesel emissions cheating deal, Electrify America aims to have a total of more than 1,800 charging stations with more than 10,000 individual chargers across the US and Canada by 2026. To achieve this, the company has sought outside funding from backers like Siemens to match the $2 billion promised by VW.
Travel centers have proven to be well-suited for EV charging, occupying the necessary roadside lots and providing amenities for drivers waiting for a charge. Electrify America announced an agreement to install EV chargers at Love’s Travel Stops in 2020, albeit on a smaller scale than the new TA agreement. General Motors has partnered with rival charging network EVgo to install 2,000 chargers at 500 Pilot and Flying J locations starting this year.