Seven major car manufacturers to build a joint charging network

A coalition of prominent automotive manufacturers, including BMW, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, and Stellantis, has united to create a robust electric vehicle (EV) charging network in North America. Their joint venture aims to establish an extensive DC fast charger infrastructure along US and Canadian highways and in urban areas, facilitating convenient and swift charging experiences.

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With the ambitious goal of installing at least 30,000 high-speed EV chargers by 2030, the partnership plans to kick off the initiative in the summer of 2024 with the opening of the first charging stations in the US. To achieve this vision, the automakers intend to utilize funding from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) program in the US, in addition to private and public funds from state and federal sources.

Similar to existing EV charging networks like Tesla Superchargers and Electrify America, the new stations will be strategically placed at locations such as shopping centers, dining establishments, and tourist destinations. The objective is to provide seamless access to charging facilities and enhance the overall EV ownership experience.

The joint venture aims to streamline the charging process for the partnered automakers’ EV models by integrating the “Plug and Charge” standard, a developing protocol that the Federal Highway Administration seeks to standardize. This integration will eliminate the need for users to juggle multiple charging station apps, promoting greater user convenience and encouraging EV adoption.

GM CEO Mary Barra emphasizes that providing a better charging experience will accelerate EV adoption. The plan is to make the charging stations accessible to vehicles from various automakers, including Ford, GM, and Volvo, enabling users to access Tesla’s renowned Supercharger network without the necessity of an additional app activation.

While initial stations are scheduled for installation in the US, Canadians will have to wait for further stages of the project to see similar developments. All stations will incorporate the standardized Tesla North American Charging Standard (NACS) ports, along with the widely used Combined Charging System (CCS) plugs, ensuring compatibility with a wide range of EV models.