GM Puts Tesla On Alert With New Charging Approach

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Introducing the Ultium Charge 360.

General Motors has made it very clear its future is all-electric. In just a very short amount of time, several new battery-electric vehicles will hit the market, such as the Cadillac Lyriq, GMC Hummer EV truck and SUV, and the recently announced Silverado EV. The updated Chevy Bolt and Bolt EUV will go on sale shortly as well. But GM is fully aware the EV experience is different than that of the traditional combustion-engined vehicle, and it wants owners to have peace of mind.

Introducing the Ultium Charge 360, a so-called "holistic charging approach" of combining mobile apps, services, and other related products and services integrated into a growing charging network.

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"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," said GM's chief EV officer, Travis Hester.

GM is also working with third parties to upgrade its charging network. Agreements have been signed with Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo, FLO, Greenlots, and SemaConnect. Deals with additional companies are expected.

The first GM and EVgo charging sites are now up and running in Washington, Florida, and California only nine months after a commitment to add over 2,700 fast chargers in cities and suburbs by the end of 2025 was first announced. Each one of these sites is capable of delivering up to 350 kWh and averages four chargers per site. GM and EVgo remain on track to have around 500 fast-charging stalls activated by the end of this year.

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Finding these charging stations and paying for charging will be made easier thanks to apps that'll be available through GM vehicle's mobile app. EV customers will soon have the ability to see real-time information from roughly 60,000 charging plugs throughout the US and Canada. They'll also be able to locate stations along their route and initiate and pay for the charging using an app that links accounts. Paying to power your EV will be as simple as tapping a button.

Beginning this summer, GM will also have trained EV specialists at dealerships who'll help consumers not only buy EVs but also answer questions on how to actually use them.

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