GM’s power play | Automotive News

One of the most important questions regarding the mass adoption of electric vehicles is whether the electric grid can meet increased demand.

General Motors wants to provide the answer – and maybe some horsepower – to keep utility operators and motorists reliable.

The automaker on Tuesday unveiled a new business unit called GM Energy that houses electric vehicle-related products and services for residential and commercial customers.

GM Energy includes the new Ultium Home and Ultium Commercial lines, which share the brand with the company’s signature battery platform, as well as the preexisting Ultium Charge offering which aims to provide smoother on-the-go charging experiences, that GM launched in 2021.

Together, the automaker envisions a portfolio of products and services that deliver reliability and flexibility at a time when the transportation and energy sectors are increasingly intertwined.

“All of this allows us to enter a new white space created by energy management,” said Travis Hester, vice president of growth operations at GM EV. Automotive News.

Availability of all GM Energy components is expected by the end of 2023, Hester said, but initial rollout began in August and will continue in stages.

—Doug Newcomb

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