GM and Bechtel to deploy fast charging network
Carmaker GM and America’s largest construction company Bechtel have closed a memorandum of understanding to deploy thousands of fast charging stations across the United States.
These stations are to be located in dense urban environments rather than along major transportation corridors, according to CNN.
GM and Bechtel are creating a separate company to develop the charging network and look for investment from other entities, Utility Drive reports.
Bechtel will provide permitting and engineering expertise to the partnership, while GM will tap data from its OnStar system to determine where new fast charging stations should be installed, the media reports.
Following Volkswagen’s lead
Like VW, GM will be launching a plethora of EVs in the coming years and reckons a decent charging network is a prerequisite for commercial success. VW has already started installing the first fast chargers under the Electrify America flag.
Electrify America is being paid by the Volkswagen emissions scandal settlement. $2 billion will be invested in the development of a nation-wide network. It is Greenlots that has been selected to deploy up to 900 stations in large cities, focusing on work places, apartment buildings and condos.