GM and its charging partner EVgo have developed technology that enables seamless payment for EV drivers at public charging stations.
Thanks to the new Plug and Drive feature in the various GM MyBrand smartphone application, owners of GM-built EVs can now plug their vehicle into a public EVgo charging station, wait for the charging session to be complete and drive away without ever having to fiddle with a third-party smartphone app, RFID fob or credit card. The EVgo charge stall will automatically charge the owner for the session through the GM MyBrand app, which would already have the user’s credit card information on file.
Plug and Charge requires the user to have a GM MyBrand app installed on their smartphone and loaded with their credit card information, as well as an OnStar Connected Services plan, which starts at $24.99 a month in the United States. The user must also sign up for an EVgo account, which will also be linked to their GM MyBrand app.
GM entered a partnership with EVgo back in 2020 that will see the two companies set up roughly 2,700 individual charging stalls nationwide, tripling the size of the nation’s largest EV charging network and helping to ensure future GM EV owners have ample access to charging stations while they are out in public.
Plug and Charge is an expansion of the existing Ultium Charge 360 holistic charging approach, which integrates charging networks, GM vehicle mobile apps, and other products and services to simplify the overall charging experience for GM EV owners. Ultium Charge 360, GM says, is intended to simplify the charging experience and make it easier to pay for charging sessions even when using stalls operated by a variety of companies including EVgo, ChargePoint or Blink, among others.
“We want to be the company that makes the EV experience seamless and convenient for everyone, as well as take the mystery and fear factor out of EV ownership,” Hoss Hassani, GM vice president of EV Ecosystem, said in a prepared statement. “Plug and Charge complements the work already in place with Ultium Charge 360 and will be part of a much larger effort this year to expand charging infrastructure, access and education.”