General Motors has announced it will expand its Ultium Charge 360 service to fleet customers, making it easier for fleets to make the switch from internal combustion engine to all-electric.
GM describes Ultium Charge 360 as a “holistic charging approach” that integrates various third-party charging networks and GM vehicle mobile apps to make finding a charging station and paying for charging services more straightforward. For the fleet version of Ultium Charge 360, the automaker will include charging-related data in its fleet and facility management tools, making it easier for drivers and fleet managers to ensure their vehicles have adequate battery life.
“The new Ultium Charge 360 fleet solution combines GM fleet and charging expertise with the services of preferred providers to help accelerate the adoption of fleet electrification,” GM said in a prepared statement.
With this change, GM Fleet, OnStar Business Solutions and BrightDrop customers will be able to customize their fleet management plans based on their charging needs and select from preferred charging providers for their fleets. Several GM-partnered companies will provide on-the-go and depot charging for its fleet customers, including eTransEnergy, EVgo, In-Charge Energy and Schneider Electric. The automaker’s existing relationship with Qmerit will be expanded, with Qmerit offering at-home charging outlet installation for fleet drivers.
“Through 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 BrightDrop CEO Travis Katz. “This is a turning point for our industry.”
In short, Ultium Charge 360 will help new and existing GM fleet customers identify the right charging station providers, tools and solutions required to plan, finance, deploy and operate charging infrastructure in their own fleet yards and depots. GM did not say when it will roll Ultium Charge 360 out to its fleet customers, although the automaker is expected to release additional on this “holistic” charging approach in the coming months.