ChargePoint and NATSO, which represents America's travel plazas and truckstops, have formed a partnership to create a National Highway Charging Collaborative in order to extend EV charging across the U.S.
Over the next decade, the Collaborative will leverage $1 billion in capital to deploy charging at more than 4,000 travel plazas and fuel stops that serve highway travelers and rural communities.
This significant expansion will link America’s drivers to a vast and growing charging network in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, significantly increasing access to charging as EV adoption accelerates. The effort will not only enable long distance electric travel along major routes but will also provide vital access to charging in rural communities.
The partnership was formalized as part of a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by Pasquale Romano, president and CEO of ChargePoint, and Lisa Mullings, president and CEO of NATSO. As part of the MOU, the two organizations agreed that the National Highway Charging Collaborative will, by 2030:
- Deploy charging infrastructure at 4,000 travel centers and fuel stops, leveraging $1 billion in capital.
- Provide charging infrastructure at fueling locations across the U.S. with a focus on connecting rural communities.
- Expand availability of charging infrastructure and connect existing Federal Highway Administration-designated FAST Act corridors.
- Work together to achieve policy outcomes to support each of these objectives.
By 2040, some analysts expect that 40% of new vehicle sales will be electric with at least 100 new EV models expected to hit American roadways within the next five years, according to the companies.
The organizations will identify public and private funding sources that may be available to support the expansion of EV charging at strategically determined locations, including Volkswagen Settlement Appendix D Funds and other dedicated resources available to NATSO members.