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TravelCenters of America in deal for EV charging stations at 200 locations

Rendering of Electrify America charging stations at a TA travel center. (Graphic: Business Wire)

TravelCenters of America plans to roll out electrical vehicle charging stations on major highways across the country.

The nation’s largest publicly-traded full-service travel center network has entered into an agreement with Electrify America to install electric vehicle charging stations at select TA/Petro locations, with the first stations to be deployed this year.  Electrify America is the largest open direct current fast-charging network in the United States.

With a goal of installing approximately 1,000 individual chargers at 200 locations along major highways during the next five years, Travel Centers of America (TA) will purchase Electrify America’s DC (direct current) fast chargers. Electrify America will install, operate and maintain the charging stations at TA/Petro locations, through its Electrify Commercial business unit.

Electrify America will manage the entire process to design and develop the charging stations, including obtaining permitting approvals, providing warranty and 24/7 support services, and conducting onsite maintenance. TA will be included on the Electrify America charging network, allowing customers to access and pay for charging through the Electrify America app.

The network of charging stations will be open to almost all brands of EV vehicles and will be able deliver up to 350 kW to capable vehicles – some of the fastest charging speeds commercially available, according to TA.  

“TA’s large locations with expansive amenities are attractive to EV motorists and we are committed to expanding our EV charging infrastructure to accommodate this growing number of EV drivers over time,” said Jon Pertchik, CEO of TravelCenters of America. “Our agreement with best-in-class Electrify America provides an unmatched offering of excellence in locations, service and support.”

“Electrify America is pleased to collaborate with an industry leader like TravelCenters of America to provide the critical infrastructure needed for EV drivers of today and tomorrow,” said Giovanni Palazzo, president and CEO of Electrify America. “Our combined strengths allow us to take bigger steps toward our shared vision of a more sustainable future.”:

[Read More: TravelCenters continues to expand and upgrade existing locations]

TravelCenters of America Inc. serves customers in 281 locations in 44 states, principally under the TA, Petro Stopping Centers and TA Express brands. Offerings include diesel and gasoline fuel, truck maintenance and repair, full-service and quick-service restaurants, travel stores, car and truck parking and other services.

TA operates more than 600 full-service and quick-service restaurants and nine proprietary brands, including Iron Skillet and Country Pride.

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