The easier it is to charge an electric vehicle, the more likely people choose their next car. That’s straightforward enough. What’s not so simple is the complexity of building a sufficient charging network and helping people find stations when they need them.
GM says it has a plan to simplify the charging experience. Under the Ultium Charge 360 project, it’s working with seven charging networks (Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, FLO, Greenlots, and SemaConnect) to give drivers “more seamless access” to almost 60,000 plugs across the US and Canada. Mobile apps for GM vehicles will soon include real-time information for those stations and help drivers find them on their route. EV owners will be able to initiate and pay for charging through the app as well. The apps were already set to on EVgo and ChargePoint stations.
Meanwhile, GM and EVgo have installed the first batch of fast chargers fully ready for the automakers. The first locations are in Washington, California, and Florida. There is an average of four chargers per site, each capable of delivering up to 350 kilowatts. GM and EVgo aim to have around 500 fast charging stalls up and running this year and more than 2,700 by the end of 2025.
GM estimates that the Ultium platform will give its vehicles a range of up to 450 miles on a single charge. Among the EVs that the Ultium system will power are and the electric pickup. The company plans to launch 30 EVs worldwide by the end of 2025, and having a more robust charging network will undoubtedly help it sell them.
All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.