General Motors appears to be getting serious about charging infrastructure in the United States. The automaker and Bechtel, the largest construction company in the United States, announced they will partner to build thousands of fast-charging stations for electric cars across the country.
CNN Business first reported on the announcement, which comes as GM plans to roll out 20 new electric cars by 2023. It’s still unclear how many of those models will be sold in the U.S., however. GM currently builds the Chevrolet Bolt EV, has plans for a second Chevy electric car, and confirmed an electric Cadillac SUV is inbound.
Both companies will combine their strengths to create the infrastructure. GM will provide the data to scope out where to build the fast-charging stations, while Bechtel will engineer, build, and sort out permits for the stations. GM’s data will come from OnStar. Specifically, the automaker will look at where owners tend to park their cars and the most frequented driving routes. Crucially, the fast-charging stations won’t be relegated to the Interstate system, either. GM plans to place the charging stations in areas where they’ll perhaps boost electric-car adoption. That includes city centers for owners who may live in apartments or condos.
“Our hypothesis around fast charging is that people charge where their cars [are] already spending time, right?” Mike Ableson, GM’s vice president of EV infrastructure and charging, said. “And, thanks to this anonymized opt-in data, we have a lot of insight into that.”
Neither company will be involved directly, though. GM and Bechtel will create a new company that will be responsible for construction and engineering. Both the automaker and construction company will invest in the new corporation, while they’ve also invited other companies to invest in the unnamed entity. Neither party would name potential investors.
Source: CNN Business