Electronics and Semiconductors

GM introduces new EV charging service

21 July 2021
Ultium Charge 360 is a charging service to help make the switch to electric seamless for fleet customers. Source: GM

The race to put more electric vehicles (EVs) on the road is heating up with all automotive OEMs expecting to make the vehicles the primary models by 2030.

But to make this transformation a reality, more charging stations will be needed to meet demand. Enter General Motors and its commercial delivery arm BrightDrop, which have announced a new charging service to help make the switch to electric seamless for fleets by connecting them to services, features and resources.

Called Ultium Charge 360, the charging service includes:

  • Fleet and facility management tools.
  • Integration of GM’s fleet management solution, OnStar Vehicle Insights and BrightDrop fleet platform.
  • Support for a wide range of fleet segments including delivery, sales, utilities and motor pool.

The service will include support for home charging and provide drivers access to more than 60,000 public places to charge. GM plans to work with eTransEnergy, EVgo, In-Charge Energy and Schneider Electric for their infrastructure of EV charging points. Additionally, GM said it will expand its relationships with Qmerit for home charging and EVgo for public and depot charging for fleet owners.

“Fleets have a significant impact on the transition to EVs and by expanding Ultium Charge 360 to our fleet customers, GM aims to be a significant industry leader to advance fleet EV adoption at scale and accelerate our goal of reaching 1 million EV sales globally by 2025,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “Fleet electrification is an important element of our growth strategy, and we will leverage our leadership and expertise in this space to support customers at home, at depots and in public with our suite of providers.”

GM said the goal is to help accelerate the adoption of electrification fleet and will unlock new growth opportunities for the company. The service is active and companies can begin working with providers today.

To contact the author of this article, email PBrown@globalspec.com

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