General Motors said it will install up to 40,000 electric car chargers in North America as part of an ambitious plan that will invest nearly $750 million in charging infrastructure, which will help Attract drivers to use its electrified models.According to the plan, GM will provide charging equipment to car dealers in the United States and Canada. These dealers will not deploy charging piles on their own sites – instead, they will work hard to find suitable locations and install infrastructure.
GM will provide each dealer with up to 10 Ultium charging stations for deployment in their communities. The automaker said it will also help dealers apply for incentives and other financing programs to install chargers.
GM chose to work with dealers under this program-known as the Dealer Community Charging Program-because they are usually already involved in activities locally. The new infrastructure will be called Ultium chargers, so they will have a clear GM brand, but unlike Tesla’s super charging network, GM’s 40,000 new secondary chargers will no longer be a special There is a network. GM is not interested in taking an exclusive network approach to promote sales of electric vehicles.
GM will also launch three Ultium Class 2 smart chargers for home and commercial use. These chargers are developed and manufactured in cooperation with CTEK, an electric vehicle charging company. Two of the units will have a capacity of 11.5 kilowatts, and the third will be a 19.2 kilowatt unit, best suited to power the upcoming electric GMC Hummer or Cadillac Lyriq. These chargers are also used in dealer community charging plans, but they are also suitable for residential use.
These chargers will have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities; more powerful devices will be equipped with a customizable screen. The charging station can also achieve load balancing, which means that each unit can safely coordinate the energy flow to the vehicle. For example, when installed in a residence, this may mean balancing the flow of electricity between the vehicle and other household appliances.
Through GM’s Ultium Charge 360 app, customers will be able to obtain data on the status of the charger, set a charging schedule, and view other statistics on charging habits and history. The app already allows drivers to search for chargers on seven North American networks, including Greenlots, Blink, FLO, ChargePoint, EVgo, EV Connect, Greenlots and SemaConnect. GM did not provide further details about the possible differences in the charging experience between GM and non-GM cars, except that every electric car will be compatible.
General Motors plans to provide these charging devices at the same time it launches a community charging plan next year. Customers will be able to include the cost of the charger in their GM financial lease or contract.
The automaker is moving quickly because it is achieving its goal of launching 30 electric vehicles worldwide by the end of 2025, and plans to invest 35 billion U.S. dollars in electric vehicles and autonomous technologies in the same year.