It’s not easy for some car buyers to even think of making the switch to an electric car, and charging infrastructure remains a major obstacle. General Motors announced Wednesday it plans to make charging a tad easier with new collaborations between EVgo, ChargePoint, and Greenlots.
The three companies are a few of the largest in the United States that operate charging stations, and GM will work directly with them to consolidate information and create a more seamless experience for Chevrolet Bolt EV owners. Today, electric car owners must carry multiple membership cards to access a charging station from various companies; GM wants to house all company memberships inside the myChevrolet smartphone app.
Additionally, the myChevrolet app will show real-time data for charging stations from the three companies, including if the station is available for a driver to park and charge. Bolt EV drivers will also be able to see if a station houses the correct charger cable or if the station is down for maintenance.
In total, GM will be able to show data to Bolt EV owners of 31,000 charging stations across the U.S.
It’s a very small step to make charging more accessible to more drivers. Most charging stations aren’t centrally located to drivers like fuel stations are. More often than not, stations are often offline, too. And the fact charging stations don’t accept credit cards to activate a charger remains perplexing to this day. Although, drivers can often call the company and initiate a charging session with their credit card over the phone.
Home chargers remain the easiest way for drivers who are serious about embracing the EV lifestyle to live with an electric car. That is, until chargers juice batteries up in fewer than five minutes.