General Motors unveils new service for commercial electric vehicle fleets


(TNS) – General Motors wants to make it easier for commercial fleet customers to own electric vehicles with a new charging system.

On Thursday, GM and its commercial van startup, BrightDrop, announced the Ultium Charge 360 ​​fleet charging service.

The new system will function similarly to the Ultium Charge 360 ​​offered on GM retail vehicles, only this new system allows fleet customers to connect with services, features and resources to facilitate the use of electric vehicles.

“Fleets are having a significant impact on the transition to electric vehicles and by expanding Ultium Charge 360 ​​to our fleet customers, GM aims to be a significant industry leader in advancing the adoption of electric vehicles in the large-scale fleet and accelerate our goal of reaching 1 million electric vehicle sales globally by 2025, “Ed Peper, US vice president of GM Fleet, said in a statement.

GM introduced Ultium Charge 360 ​​in April for its retail car buyers. It’s a technology that connects GM’s mobile vehicle applications with other products and services that make it easier for drivers to find charging stations and pay to charge their vehicles.

Additionally, Ultium Charge 360 ​​will help support home charging and provide non-fleet drivers with access to over 60,000 public places to charge.

The Ultium Charge 360 ​​fleet service is similar and will offer:

  • Fleet and facility management tools.
  • Integration with GM’s fleet management solution, OnStar Vehicle Insights, and the BrightDrop fleet and asset management platform.
  • Support for a wide range of fleet segments including delivery, sales, utilities and fleet.

GM believes this system will help new and existing fleet customers find the suppliers, tools and other supports needed to purchase and operate charging infrastructure in fleets and depots, thereby encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles, said Alex Keros, GM’s chief architect for electric vehicle infrastructure.

GM works with these electric vehicle charging and software companies: eTransEnergy; EVgo; In-Charge Energy and Schneider Electric on the new fleet charging system, Keros said.

GM is also expanding its existing business relationships with Qmerit, which installs home charging, and EVgo, which installs public and depot charging stations, to give fleets the flexibility to choose the charging that suits their needs, Keros said. .

Keros said that eTransEnergy, EVgo, In-Charge Energy and Schneider Electric will provide mobile charging and depot access. Customers can also access GM’s existing work with Qmerit to help provide in-home facilities for fleet operators.

“With Ultium Charge 360, BrightDrop fleet operators will be able to access tools and resources that will help accelerate their transition to sustainable all-electric delivery fleets,” said Travis Katz, CEO of BrightDrop. “This is a turning point for our industry. Our commercial delivery customers are looking for innovative approaches to reduce their operating costs while electrifying their fleets.

GM introduced the creation of BrightDrop in January. It will initially offer two products: the EP1, an electric pallet for moving packages, and the EV600, a commercial electric truck resembling the big brown UPS truck. Earlier this week, GM announced that it had hired German supplier Kuka to build the first batch of EV600 vans so BrightDrop could deliver them on time to its first customer, Fedex.

BrightDrop vice president Scott Young confirmed on Thursday that he plans to establish his first dealerships in California starting early next year.

“We’re not looking exclusively for GM dealers, but for the best commercial dealers out there,” Young told media.

GM has announced that it will invest $ 35 billion in the development of electric vehicles by 2025 and plans to bring 30 new electric vehicles to the market by then.

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