General Motors has entered a partnership with Shell to provide owners of GM electric vehicles with fixed-rate renewable energy plans and other incentives designed to make owning an EV easier and more affordable.
Through this program, owners of electric vehicles from GM brands can enter a home energy plan with Shell that will include the option for free overnight hours of EV charging. These residential energy products will also include fixed-rate home energy plans back by 100 percent renewable energy, giving EV owners peace of mind that their eco-friendly car is being charged via eco-friendly means. For the time being, only GM EV owners in Texas will be eligible for these home energy plans.
“Shell is working across many sectors to help address greenhouse gas emissions and to serve as a partner for change,” said Shell’s vice president of renewable energy solutions, Glenn Wright. “We see opportunities amidst the challenges of the energy transition, and we are excited to work with GM to provide options for consumers and businesses focused on their emissions impact.”
In addition, the two companies say they will also “begin providing GM suppliers access to a tailored suite of renewable energy products to assist in setting and achieving their individual emissions-reduction goals.” The automaker did not specify what these renewable energy products may entail.
Going forward, GM and Shell say they will “expand the residential and EV offerings across U.S. markets,” offering home energy plans tailored to EV owners nationwide. These plans will not only ensure EV owners are charging their vehicles from eco-friendly power sources, but may also reduce the amount of money they spend on charging their EV up at home.
GM previously entered a partnership with Qmerit to offer Chevy Bolt EUV and Bolt EV buyers with free installation of a 240-volt charging outlet, enabling at-home Level 2 charging. When connected to a Level 2 charger, the Chevy Bolt EUV and Bolt EV can charge from flat to full in roughly seven hours.
“Addressing climate change requires incredible scale,” added GM’s chief sustainability officer, Kristen Siemen. “At GM, we’re committed to helping bring everybody in on a more sustainable future.”