Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores was awarded $4.8 million in federal funding to construct electric vehicle charging stations at eight locations.
The project will be funded by the Federal Highway Administration, which received funds as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program.
The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program is a program that increases, upgrades, and builds electric vehicle charging networks in Pennsylvania and Colorado.
Transportation fuel sustainability company, Trillium Energy Solution, was selected along with Love’s to be part of the EV investment projects.
“Truck stops and travel stops are well-positioned to play a key role in building out electric vehicle charging in Pennsylvania and Colorado, not only because of the existing infrastructure footprint, but also because of the amenities and services provided at these locations,” said Ryan Erickson, VP of Trillium Energy Solutions.
“Love’s Travel Stops is the nation’s leading travel stop network with 644 locations in 42 states that remains family-owned and operated since 1964. The company plans to grow its EV charging footprint from 20 locations to hundreds over the next several years,” said Trillium in a statement.
“As the nation begins widescale adoption of EVs, two important factors for successful planning include on-site support and available footprint to build out additional charging infrastructure,” said Kim Okafor, general manager of zero emission for Trillium. “With more than 640 locations nationwide, Love’s Travel Stops are in a prime position to support transportation departments in rolling out NEVI projects state by state.”
The NEVI program was established by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to provide $5 billion over five years for states to deploy direct current EV chargers along highway corridors.
The program ultimately aims at creating a national system of EV chargers. Trillium designs, builds and maintains clean-fueling stations.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation awarded some of the funds to install EV chargers at locations in Slippery Rock, Mifflinville, Brookville and Jonestown for a combined total of $2.6 million in funding.