General Motors says it will collaborate with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots, three of the U.S.’s electric vehicle (EV) charging sources, to enable access to the largest collective network in the United States. In a related announcement GM said starting today, Chevrolet is offering up to three complimentary months of OnStar safety and security coverage to more than 19 million eligible customers.
The charging deals will eventually include more than 31,000 charging ports. GM plans to aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks “so owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV can have a more seamless charging experience with their GM vehicles.” No mention of the data use and identification which could include unknowing invasion of privacy for owners using the stations.
GM claims charging information received from EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots will improve future versions of the myChevrolet app available on some Apple and Android devices.
New information to be provided by the charging networks will include real-time data on charge station health to report if a charging station is working, available and compatible with a Bolt EV, “offering a one-stop shop for all range and charging data before or during a trip.”
GM also expects to make enrollment for charging with these networks easier by creating an app interface for all three networks to ease charger access and potentially allow activation of a charging session using the app instead of a membership card.
“GM believes in an all-electric future, and this is a significant step to make charging easier for our customers,” said Doug Parks, General Motors vice president of Autonomous and Electric Vehicle Programs. “By collaborating with these three companies, we expect to reduce barriers to create a stronger EV infrastructure for the future.”
The myChevrolet app was updated to enable projection of the Energy Assist feature to the vehicle’s infotainment system via Apple CarPlay (its terms and privacy statements apply) and Android Auto (Google a known destroyer of privacy) for drivers with model year 2017 or newer Bolt EVs. The update enables Bolt EV drivers to access vehicle range, charging station locations and search, as well as route planning that takes into consideration charging stops along the way if the destination is out of range through their vehicle’s infotainment system.
Original purchasers of new Bolt EVs will have access to these items at no additional cost for five years from the vehicle delivery date after they accept the myChevrolet mobile app terms and review information about using Energy Assist features within their myChevrolet app.
Excerpted GM terms: It is your responsibility to ensure that all users of your Vehicle know that anyone with access to the Application. Services through your Device may be able to access information about your account and your Vehicle, including the location of your Vehicle… We are not responsible for the acts of third parties who may access the Application Services and information through your Device. You should use all security features of your Device, including any password, locking, or encryption features, to protect against unauthorized access and use of the Application Services and your information…
Your use of the Application Services may involve services made available to you by third parties, such as the wireless services provided for your Device by your wireless carrier, and map and data services…
Use of services made available by third parties may involve you sharing your location, search query, and other data. You can disable sharing of your Device location in your Device settings…
You may also receive promotions and offers from participating third party retailers through the Application Services. These third-party services, promotions and offers, and any related transactions you enter, are solely between you and the third party. We cannot guarantee their performance, reliability or security, and we are not responsible for any losses or damages they may cause, such as any loss of personal information through third party network services;
GM’s Maven Gig and EVgo partnered in early 2018 to deliver the nation’s first dedicated fast-charging network for on-demand drivers. (autoinformed.com Maven Expands Los Angeles Car Sharing with Chevrolet Bolt)
GM expects to finalize the terms of its collaboration and agreements with EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots during the first quarter of 2019.
GM and its subsidiaries and joint venture entities sell vehicles under the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac, Holden, Baojun, Wuling and Jiefang brands. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, vehicle safety and security services, and Maven, its personal mobility brand, can be found at http://www.gm.com.
EVgo claims to be is America’s Largest Public Fast Charging Network. EVgo’s fast chargers deliver up to 90 miles of range in 30 minutes. EVgo’s fast chargers are compatible with all EV models currently on the market that accept DC Fast Charging. With more than 1,000 fast chargers and more than 1,000 Level 2 chargers in 66 metropolitan markets, EVgo’s network in 34 U.S. states allows EV drivers to travel further. EVgo offers a variety of flexible pricing options for drivers including Pay as You Go and low-cost Membership options.
ChargePoint claims to be the leading electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with charging solutions in every category EV drivers charge, at home, work, around town and on the road. With more than 58,000 commercial charging spots and thousands of customers (businesses, cities, agencies and service providers), ChargePoint says it is the only charging technology company on the market that designs, develops and manufactures hardware and software across every use case.
Greenlots offers software and services that help drivers, site hosts and network operators to efficiently deploy, manage, and leverage EV charging infrastructure at scale.