General Motors announced Wednesday that it plans to streamline the charging experience for its owners through a collaboration with seven charging networks that will open up app-based charging at nearly 60,000 charging connectors in the U.S. and Canada.
The new functionality will be enabled by what GM is terming Ultium Charge 360. Described by GM as “a holistic charging approach,” the tech push will bring a coordinated experience allowing access to chargers, home charging, and dynamic route-and-efficiency functionality all under one app.
To do this, GM plans to update its brand apps through a series of updates that will bring this new EV functionality to them by the time each brand launches its first EV—GMC’s Hummer EV later this year, for instance, and early next year for Cadillac’s Lyriq.
2023 Cadillac Lyriq
All GM’s brand apps will get a new look soon, and be completely enabled with this new EV functionality within 18 months. The Ultium-based Chevrolet Silverado EV
The automaker does plan to use Plug&Charge on its vehicles eventually, but it won’t be offered at launch for the GMC Hummer EV
GM Ultium Charge 360 network
GM has forged partnerships with Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo, FLO, Greenlots, and SemaConnect to allow this functionality, and Alex Keros, GM’s lead architect for EV infrastructure, suggested that other partnerships might follow. Electrify America, for instance, isn’t currently on GM’s list.
The approach closely parallels that used by Ford. Through the FordPass app
GM chief EV officer Travis Hester said the apps will introduce “one click to activate” features, as well as some new features on charging status and connections, along with future gamification features.
GM and EVgo expand major-metro fast charging
GM also announced on Wednesday that its DC fast-charging buildout with EVgo
Hester also teased that there are some synergies intended with a new digital retail platform that will be rolling out next year, making it better for consumers to understand vehicles’ functionality when they purchase them.
GM says that it will keep updating the Ultium Charge 360 technology with new features. With the company’s plans to offer up to 450 miles of range on some of its upcoming electric vehicles, it’s functionality that owners are going to depend on.