General Motors announces Ultium bi-directional EV charging

Wade Sheffer, Vice President of GM Energy shares the release of General Motors’ bi-directional charging technology bringing efficiency to EV ownership

Automotive companies are intrinsically motivated by the events of the energy sector, which is why we see many of them adopting solutions of their own and, in the case of General Motors (GM), creating a dedicated arm of the business to develop the infrastructure that makes electric vehicle (EV) ownership more successful. 

An announcement from Detroit, Michigan, comes as the company expands its vehicle-to-home (V2H) offering, which consists of bi-directional charging and energy management for its Ultium-based portfolio. 

As of 2024, the company’s new vehicles will become smarter with many of its 2024 models expected to leverage this new technology, including the Chevrolet Silverado EV RST, the GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1, Chevrolet Blazer EV, Chevrolet Equinox EV, Cadillac LYRIQ, and the ESCALADE IQ. 

“GM Energy’s growing ecosystem of energy management solutions will help accelerate GM’s vision of an all-electric future by further expanding access to even more benefits that EVs can offer,” says Wade Sheffer, Vice President of GM Energy.

“By integrating V2H across our entire Ultium-based portfolio, we are making this groundbreaking technology available to more consumers, with benefits that extend well beyond the vehicle itself, and at a broader scale than ever before.” 

Why is bi-directional charging so important to the consumer?

Having a smart meter is one thing, but a solution to physically manage performance-based energy is a greater benefit to consumers in terms of cost. The technology has been around for a while in various forms, but ultimately allows homeowners to leverage their cars to make the most of night-time and off-peak energy rates while also managing energy usage more intuitively. 

The integration of bi-directional charging with renewable energy products brings homeowners closer to managing their own microgrids and driving down their contributions to carbon emissions. 

GM Energy’s home EV offerings 

Customers of GM will be equipped with more intuitive charging capabilities thanks to the increased compatibility of its vehicles with the grid. Ultium Home offering and the GM Energy Cloud will be available to the customers purchasing its 2024 Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC vehicles. 

This includes the Ultium Home V2H Bundle comprising the GM Power Shift Charger and Ultium Home V2H Enablement Kit, which collectively provides customers with 19.2 kW AC charging speed and 9.6 kW of discharge power safely integrated into and removed from the grid. 

Further offerings include the Ultium Home Energy Storage Bundle—GM’s PowerBank, inverter and home hub—and its Home Energy System that incorporates both charging and energy storage. 

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