Tesla unlocks its EV charging network for GM in Canada

 Tesla unlocks its EV charging network for GM in Canada

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General Motors (GM) and Tesla have announced an agreement that will allow owners of GM electric vehicles (EVs) to use Tesla’s EV charging network in Canada. The agreement, which is set to go into effect in early 2024, will give GM EV owners access to more than 12,000 Superchargers across the country.

The transition will be achieved via a two-phased approach.

In the first phase, GM EV drivers will use an adapter. This adapter allows them to tap into the Tesla Supercharger Network. The network currently boasts over 12,000 stations across North America. The second phase begins in 2025. GM will then build Tesla’s North American Charging Standard (NACS) into its EV designs. This integration removes the need for an adapter.

This collaboration is a key part of our strategy and an important next step in quickly expanding access to fast chargers for our customers. Not only will it help make the transition to electric vehicles more seamless for our customers, but it could help move the industry toward a single North American charging standard.”

Mary Barra, GM Chair and CEO

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GM move comes after Ford’s announcement

GM also plans to improve the user experience by incorporating the Tesla Supercharger Network into their vehicle and mobile apps. This integration will allow drivers to find, pay for, and start charging at available Tesla Superchargers with ease. GM’s Ultium Charge 360 Network and other charging networks will also be available through the apps.

GM isn’t the only one adopting NACS and partnering with Tesla. Ford made a similar announcement last month. It will also use NACS and allow its customers access to the Tesla Supercharger network.

The collaboration with Tesla also shows that the two firms are working together to tackle some of the barriers to large-scale EV adoption. The lack of a robust charging infrastructure has been one of the most difficult obstacles. Tesla has created the world’s largest EV charging network, but it has been criticized for making its chargers incompatible with other EVs.

Canadian government is building a coast-to-coast EV charging network

In a release last month, Natural Resources Canada said that the Government of Canada is working with the auto industry and charging providers to increase access to EV charging infrastructure. As part of this collaborative effort, Tesla will open its Canadian Supercharger network to non-Tesla EVs too. A pilot program will start later this year between Sudbury and Ottawa. By 2025, 750 public charging connectors will be available to non-Tesla EVs, including at least 350 250kW Superchargers.

The partnership is a major step forward for GM’s plans to expand its EV lineup and accelerate the transition to electric transportation. GM has committed to investing US$35 billion in EVs and autonomous vehicles by 2025. And its has pledged to have 30 new EVs on the market by that year.

In Canada, the Chevrolet Bolt EUV and Chevrolet Bolt EV are GM EV models available in 2023. These vehicles will benefit from the enhanced charging accessibility provided by the Tesla Supercharger Network integration.​

Also read: New GM-POSCO battery project gets big boost by Canada


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