GM Will Use OnStar Data To Plan Its Future EV Charging Network
May 29, 2019   Liane Yvkoff

A General Motors Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle charges outside of the
company's Renaissance Center world headquarters complex in Detroit. Jeff

General Motors has teamed up with Bechtel Enterprises to build a network of
electric vehicle charging stations, according to an article on CNN.

The companies have signed a memorandum of agreement to form a new corporate
entity that will manage this new business. GM will be responsible for
providing data and logistics support to determine where chargers should be
placed, and Bechtel will manage the engineering, building and permitting of
the stations. Neither GM nor Bechtel plans to contribute money to this new
venture, rather they are seeking outside investment. Executives could not
name the companies invited to participate.

Automotive manufacturers have been taking the lead in rolling out electric
vehicle charging infrastructure. Tesla's Supercharger network is considered
the most robust, providing fast charging stations around the world that can
deliver 75 miles of range in five minutes. Electrify America, which is
funded by a Volkswagen as part of its emissions lawsuit settlement, is in
the second phase of its roll-out, and Porsche recently announced plans to
build a fast charging network of 500 stations in the U.S. and Canada.

But rather than adding to the electric highway, GM may be targeting cities
and other densely populated areas that don't offer electric vehicle owners a
place to recharge. Many customers live in high-rises and sprawling apartment
complexes that don't always offer a place to recharge, and buyers may not
always have the option of installing one themselves in their garage, which
has been the strategy of most EV owners to date. But GM will have an edge on
the planning phase of this operation in the form of anonymized data gathered
from OnStar customers that have opted into the subsidiary's data sharing

All new GM vehicles are standard equipped with OnStar hardware that can
track the vehicle's locations, and some owners subscribe to the telematics
service for emergency response support and navigation. This deep well of
information will help the manufacturer understand the travel habits and
patterns of its customer base to figure out where it would make the most
sense to build its charging stations.

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