General Motors is pushing ahead with the development of electric vehicles, and the carmaker is working with EVgo to install more than 2,700 new fast chargers so drivers have room to charge their electric cars,media reported. Under the agreement, the two companies will build DC Fast-Up availability primarily in cities and suburbs, focusing on groups that may lack infrastructure for electric vehicles at home or in the workplace.
Both GM and EVgo said public fast chargers would be rolled out over the next five years and gm would fund at least part of the expansion out of pocket. In the process, it will be about three times the size of the current EVgo network.
One of the challenges of choosing to drive ev is that charging can be a major problem, especially in densely populated urban areas. This may be because drivers can’t install their own fast charge at home, or because there are limited parking spaces without a dedicated parking space, or because apartment dwellers can’t extend cables to streets or garages. If workplace charging is restricted or not charged at all, this means that many potential EV users simply don’t consider the car at all.
“To believe that an electric car is your only car, you have to believe that it has a strong charging network,” says Mary Barra, GM’s CEO.
GM and EVgo’s solution for this is to make it easier for these drivers to get fast charging where they may find themselves. This means shopping centres, hypermarkets, entertainment centres and other busy locations. EVgo noted that so far, about 40 metropolises have been identified, and more details will be released in the coming weeks.
It is reported that the key to this strategy is the DC fast charging: the charger itself will have a power range of 100 to 350kW, making it only 15 minutes to plug into the power supply of potentially increased mileage.
This is not GM’s first collaboration with EVgo. In April 2018, the two companies signed an agreement to provide a range of dedicated DC fast-charging for bolt electric vehicle drivers on the discontinued Maven car-sharing platform. In January of the following year, EVgo became one of three charging networks that GM integrated into its myChevrolet app, through which drivers can locate and activate charging without having to register multiple suppliers.
GM said the first locations for the new agreement would be launched in early 2021. All energy is 100% renewable energy, users do not have to drive GM cars, but only is a member of EVgo. EVgo said the company typically charges between $5 and $15, and expects to do the same when new locations are added.
Although GM has been offering the Chevrolet Bolt electric car for several years, it will only start to make a real push for electrification in August. Earlier this month, Cadillac Lyriq will unveil the luxury all-electric crossover and the first to use the company’s new Ultium EV platform.
In fact, all OF GM’s brands will launch multi-model electric vehicles, and the company says it will launch 20 new EVs by 2023. While many of the models will be crossovers and SUVs, there will also be pickups and a Cadillac “declaration car” called Celestiq , designed to demonstrate the natural status of electrification in ultra-luxury vehicles.