GM has confirmed its intention to lead the deployment of all-electric vehicles in South America and has just announced a strategic alliance to expand EV charging solutions in Brazil, the largest and most strategic country in the region.
The automaker announced partnerships with two EV charging service providers in Brazil to expand the solutions it currently offers through the Chevrolet EV dealer network to its customers’ homes, with the aim of accelerating the adoption of the zero-emission vehicles and get ready for the company’s next launches in the country.
“GM is committed to leading the future of electrification with its triple zero vision,” said EV Infrastructure Development Manager at GM South America, Glaucia Roveri. “We are going to offer the widest line of EVs on the market and we want to promote the domestic charging network, mainly for homes and condominiums, offering everything from equipment installation to support for adapting the electrical installation to receive the charging station,” she added.
Specifically, GM Brazil partnered with WEG and Eletricus companies specialized in EV charging technologies and solutions in the South American country to provide customized services and state-of-the-art alternating current (AC) charging stations of the WEMOB line – WEG Electric Mobility, that will be offered by Chevrolet dealers with the infrastructure to market and provide after-sales service to electric vehicles.
From the association with WEG, GM’s Brazilian subsidiary will offer its electric vehicle customers the Chevrolet Wall Charger that allows recharging up to three times faster than the 7.4 kW standard available on the market, with speeds that can reach 22 kW depending on the available electrical network. This capability is already supported in upcoming Chevrolet EVs based on the Ultium architecture.
For its part, the alliance with Eletricus resulted in the portable Chevrolet Smart Charger as a more powerful and additional option to the one that comes standard in all of the brand’s EVs. As such, the Chevrolet Smart Charger has an output of up to 7.4 kW, delivering an average range of 40 km per hour of recharging. Both solutions have surge and short circuit protection technologies to prevent damage to the vehicle’s electrical system and charging site.