Electrify America is partnering with Love’s Travel Stops to expand its growing network of public ultra-fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by adding to seven locations in six states across the country.
The charging stations, which direct-current, fast-charging stations, will be located in New York, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, Florida and Arizona, and will have a combined 28 EV chargers and be available for public use by early next year.
In fact, five locations already open with the most recent going in at the Love’s opening in Salina, Utah, filling in the final piece of a network Electrify America chargers between Los Angeles to Washington, D.C.
“As we continue building charging stations at accessible sites, Love’s Travel Stops was a perfect fit because of its convenient locations near major highways,” said Rachel Moses, senior manager for site acquisition, development and strategy at Electrify America.
“Providing EV drivers with the opportunity to charge their vehicles at Love’s locations will help instill confidence for longer interstate trips and can encourage more consumers to consider making the switch to electric,” she added.
Founded in 1964 and headquartered in Oklahoma City, Love’s Travel Stops operates a network with more than 520 locations in 41 states. Family-owned and operated and employing more than 27,000 people, Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, fresh coffee, restaurant offerings and more.
Depending on the location, Love’s customers will have access to chargers ranging in power from 150 kilowatt (kW) to 350 kW. Electric vehicles capable of accepting a 350-kW charge can add up to 20
miles of range per minute, helping alleviate range anxiety that many consumers associate with EV road trips. Through these installations at Love’s Travel Stops, Electrify America is helping EV drivers charge quickly and get back on the road with confidence.
“Our goal is to provide all drivers with safe, convenient places to stop and refuel – and that includes the growing number of electric vehicle drivers,” said Frank Love, co-CEO of Love’s. “We’re committed to initiatives and solutions that reduce emissions, and excited to add EV charging stations at our locations.”
Electrify America is investing $2 billion in zero emission vehicle infrastructure. Electrify America expects to install or have under development approximately 800 total charging stations with about 3,500 DC fast chargers by December 2021. During this period, the company will be expanding to 29 metro areas and 45 states, including two cross-country routes.
The Virginia-based company has partnered with a variety of automakers and companies to expand its reach, including Kia, Bank of America and Walmart in the last 12 months.