The automaker is adding more than 2,700 Fast Chargers over the next five years with its Evago partnership. The company said in a press release that the Chargers would be installed in various areas in cities and suburbs, including grocery stores, retailers and other “high-traffic” locations. It takes half an hour to fully charge the car.
The strategy stands in contrast to Tesla’s own fast charging network, known as the supercharger, which was originally focused on providing quick-charge capability along interstate routes to facilitate long-distance drives. GM CEO Mary Bara said on a call with reporters that the focus on metropolitan areas was as a result of customer feedback, and a desire to tap into an undersanding potential customer base who live in apartments without access to a personal garage charging system .
But Tesla’s networks only charge their own vehicles, while the Evo’s pumps can charge different types of vehicles (including) Tesla (TSLA) Model).
Evigo already has more than 800 charging locations, with some new chargers in early 2021, the two companies announced Friday.
“In the face of increasing market demand, EVs will enhance the public fast charging network available to customers and strengthen our commitment to an all-electric, zero-emission future,” Bara said in a release.
GM has been expanding its fleet of electric vehicles on sale in recent years. A new version of the Bolt EV will be launched later this year, the company said recently, and the GMC Hummer electric truck will be released next year. A crossover SUV version, called the Bolt EUV, will debut in the summer of 2021.
GM announced in March that it had built a new electric vehicle battery that offers a range of up to 400 miles and would be cheaper than today’s batteries. It has a slightly lower driving range than any car Tesla offers. Tesla claims a range of 402 miles for the latest version of its Model S Long Range Plus sedan.
Electric cars do not need fast chargers all the time. Most of the time electric cars are charged at home or at work, using a charger can take six to eight hours. Fast Chargers are different. They are designed to quickly replenish a car’s battery – not all the way through, which will stress the battery, but usually by about 80% – so people can get back on their way.
In addition to GM and Tesla, Volkswagen is working on a charge network in the US. It is being funded for a settlement VW reached with the US regulators over the automaker’s diesel emissions scandal. Electrification America expects about 500 Fast Chargers in the US by the end of the year.
– CNN Business’ Peter Vallades-Depna contributed to this report.