GM and six other big auto makers to team up on Electric Vehicle charging network

Published July 31, 2023 at 8:49 am

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Seven of the world’s leading automakers – including General Motors – are working together to expedite the transition to electric vehicles in North America.

BMW Group, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz Group, Stellantis NV and GM are creating a joint venture to develop a high-powered charging network with at least 30,000 chargers to make zero-emission driving more attractive for millions of customers by making EV charging more convenient, accessible and reliable.

The joint venture aims to become the leading network of reliable high-powered charging stations in North America by accelerating the installation of high-powered charging for customers. The new charging stations will be accessible to all battery-powered electric vehicles from any automaker using Combined Charging System (CCS) or North American Charging Standard (NACS).

The first stations are expected to open in the U.S. in the summer of 2024 and in Canada at a later stage. Each site will be equipped with multiple high-powered DC chargers and will be powered solely by renewable energy.

“GM’s commitment to an all-electric future is focused not only on delivering EVs our customers love but investing in charging and working across the industry to make it more accessible,” said GM CEO Mary Berra. “The better experience people have, the faster EV adoption will grow.”

EVs are expected to make up half of all auto sales by 2030, with as many as 40 million electric vehicles predicted to be on the road by then.

In other GM EV news, GM Canada announced last week that CAMI Assembly will begin building battery modules in the second quarter of 2024, supporting the company’s increasing EV production volume.

The new 400,000 square-foot facility will assemble modules for BrightDrop Zevo production at the CAMI plant in Ingersoll (near London) as well as additional Ultium EVs built at other GM plants. The project will support nearly 300 CAMI Assembly jobs.

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