GM is methodically moving forward with its plans for electrification. The automaker’s latest initiative is Ultium Charge 360, “a holistic charging approach that integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps, and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM electric vehicle owners.”
Ultium Charge 360 is basically a consolidation and expansion of GM’s existing infrastructure initiatives.
GM has already signed agreements with seven major charging providers—Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo, FLO, Greenlots and SemaConnect—to allow drivers access to these networks, which collectively operate nearly 60,000 charging plugs throughout the US and Canada, through the GM mobile app.
The first co-branded GM/EVgo fast charging sites are now live in Washington, California and Florida. Each site has an average of 4 chargers, and offers power levels up to 350 kilowatts. GM and EVgo are on track to have 500 fast charging stalls live by the end of 2021, and plan to deploy over 2,700 by the end of 2025.
GM will continue to work with third parties, including charge point operators, electric utilities and government agencies, to make home, workplace, public and fleet charging ubiquitous for customers, and will continue to update the GM vehicle mobile apps.
To help ensure ease the transition to driving electric, GM offers charging accessories and installation services to EV buyers. The company will cover standard installation of Level 2 charging capability for eligible customers who purchase or lease a 2022 Bolt EUV or Bolt EV, in collaboration with Qmerit, a nationwide network of certified EV charger installers.
“GM agrees with the customer need for a robust charging experience that makes the transition to an EV seamless and helps drive mass adoption,” said Travis Hester, GM’s Chief EV Officer. “As we launch 30 EVs globally by the end of 2025, Ultium Charge 360 simplifies and improves the at-home charging experience and the public charging experience—whether it’s community-based or road-trip charging.”