GM on Wednesday revealed a four-part plan to handle all the steps of charging an electric vehicle, including finding a public charger and paying for electricity, as the automaker sold 30 customers. Looks for ways to attract EVs, which it plans to launch by 2025.
The so-called Chargeum 360 scheme – named after the built-in electric vehicle platform and its upcoming EVS battery – aims to handle the use, payment and customer service components of electric vehicle charging at home and on the road. As part of the plan, which the company’s chief EV officer Travis Hester said will be operational in the next 18 months, GM has signed agreements with seven third-party charging network providers, including BlinkCharge, ChargeGap, EV Connect, EVO, FLO are included. , Greenlots and SemaConnect. Using its GM vehicle brand mobile app, EV drivers will be able to see real-time information from around 60,000 charging plugs across the US and Canada, including location and whether a charger is being used. These functions will be rolled out into existing brand apps that GM has built for owners of their Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC vehicles.
Previously GM and EVgo sites now reside in Washington, California and Florida. GM said that each site is capable of delivering up to 350 kW and averages four chargers per site. According to the automaker, by the end of 2021, GM and EVigo remain about 500 fast-charging stalls.
Hester noted that the plan is not just about partnering with third-party networks. (Although it should be noted that Electrification America is not on the list of partners announced on Wednesday.)
Hester said at a media briefing on Wednesday, “We know how important charging infrastructure is to our customers and it plays an extremely important role in EV adoption and EV owners.
For example, the GM app would provide information on how to initiate and pay for finding and charging stations along a route, Hester said. GM will continue to update the mobile app. GM is also planning to provide charging accessories and installation services for its home charger. The company said on Wednesday that it would cover standard installation of Level 2 charging capacity for eligible customers, which would buy or lease the 2022 Bolt EUV or Bolt EV in collaboration with Qmerit.
There were some gaps in the announcement, specifically whether there would be plug and charge capabilities. Plug and Charge is a technology standard that allows an EV’s driver to pull, plug in, and power up their EV to a station without having to launch the charging process or launch an app to pay for it. Instead, the vehicle is able to communicate with the charging infrastructure and payment is integrated into that process. Alex Keros, the head architect of EV Infrastructure at GM, said the company is not making any announcements around Plug & Charge, but said the company knows that this intuitive experience is going to be an important part of that customer experience. “