GM and its new EV business unit Brightdrop are launching a fleet charging service as the automaker aims to place its bets on connected and electric commercial vehicles.
The service, the branded Altium Charge 360 Fleet Charging Service, is a nod to GM’s new electric architecture and batteries that will be the foundation of its future EV plans, providing a range of devices that commercial delivery, sales or motor pool business needs can. It also includes an attempt to add home charging for drivers.
The charging service is the latest addition to BrightDrop, which was launched in January. The business unit provides commercial customers – starting with FedEx – an ecosystem of electric and connected products. Brightdrop has said it will start with two main products: an electric van called the EV600, which has an estimated range of 250 miles, and a pod-like electric pallet called the EP1. BrightDrop is part of GM’s goal of reaching 1 million EV sales globally by 2025.
GM and Brightdrop are launching a charging service with Duke energy company eTransEnergy, EVGo, In-Charge Energy and Schneider Electric, four companies that can provide the infrastructure needed to keep commercial vans operating properly.
On the home-charging front, GM said it would expand an existing agreement with Qmerit.
The service is meant to provide equipment for fleet operators, which Alex Keros, GM’s principal architect of EV infrastructure, noted in a call with reporters on Thursday, is a significant market growth segment and an important piece of the electrification puzzle. . The company looked at “how to put together the right customer experiences… you know, when you think of the fleet these are the cars that employees come home with, and we need those companies and employees to come home to them.” I’ll have to help with charging.