Way back in August 2019, GM Authority reported that General Motors and EV Connect partnered together to deliver real-time charging data to the owners of select GM electric vehicles. Now, the two entities have expanded upon this collaboration with compatibility between EV Connect’s Plug and Charge system and GM vehicles through apps.
Following this new capability, GM drivers can now plug in and charge their vehicles on the EV Connect network without swiping a payment card or scanning an RFID tag at roughly 200 compatible DC fast chargers across the United States.
It’s worth noting that more Plug and Charge-capable charging stations will likely be added regularly for GM drivers over the course of the 2024 calendar year.
“This collaboration helps to relieve GM EV drivers from one of the most common friction points of the charging process, enhancing the EV ownership experience, and holds the potential to drive EV adoption further,” EV Connect Head of Commercial Vice President Jon Leicester claimed in a prepared statement. “EV Connect and GM share a mission to simplify the EV ownership experience, and this agreement is another important step in that direction. I am delighted to continue our work with GM toward making EV charging hassle-free and convenient.”
Notably, EV Connect boasted a total of 6,000 charge ports as of 2019.
The ideal behind this collaboration is to help simplify EV public charging, give drivers access to a hassle-free fast charging experience, and enable customers to spend less time initiating charging sessions and avoid scanning, swiping, or inputting billing information. With a one-time enrollment through a GM vehicle app, drivers are able to opt-in to the Plug and Charge technology in order to start charging in their vehicle at participating stations.
Furthermore, Plug and Charge-enabled stations will be identifiable through a filter in the GM apps, thus allowing drivers to locate and use charging stations quickly.