General Motors continues to look for new ways to enhance its Energy Assist technology. But the latest improvements to the myChevrolet app-based tech are some of the most impressive to date, especially given that on-the-go charging still ranks as one of the biggest concerns among electric vehicle owners.
- The new enhancements to GM’s Energy Assist technology are anchored by a new “dynamic data” system.
- Energy Assist addresses a number of on-the-go charging concerns for electric vehicle owners in North America.
- The new enhancements to Energy Assist are part of several advancements GM is making in the EV space.
General Motors has added a host of new features to its Energy Assist technology, as part of the company’s growing focus on electric vehicles.
The latest enhancements to the myChevrolet app-based tech, available for Chevrolet Bolt EV owners, makes it easier to charge the vehicles when on the go, eliminating a lot of the on-road anxiety that often comes with owning an EV.
Energy Assist now includes real-time information and availability for more than 40,000 charging stations in North America. (Photo: Chevrolet)
A more data charged system
First introduced in 2017, one of Energy Assist’s most significant new features is the capability to display dynamic data from charging networks EVgo and ChargePoint within the system.
The new dynamic data enhancements provide Bolt EV owners with real-time information on the availability of charging stations with the myChevrolet mobile app, as GM continues to add more charging stations to the system.
“We have teams of developers dedicated to this app,” Kelly Helfrich, manager of Electric Vehicle Charging & Infrastructure at GM, tells Ride. And it’s all so we can make sure that our customers can leave the dealership with their EV and know that they are equipped to charge anywhere and they have the tools to intelligently plan their day to day and travel needs.”
A new Start-to-Charge enhancement now allows Bolt owners to link their EVgo account to activate and pay for charging sessions directly from their myChevrolet mobile app, streamlining the payment process for owners.
GM’s Mary Bara and Mark Reuss at the introduction of the Chevrolet Bolt in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)
The available list of charging stations, with the latest enhancements, now enables Bolt EV owners to view more than 40,000 charging stations in North America and access to 30 percent more DC Fast Chargers when on the road compared to 2019.
Check ratings on-the-go
As an additional resource for Bolt owners, GM will also be adding a new feedback feature to Energy Assist. Using crowdsourcing, the enhancement will allow Bolt EV owners in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to review and rate charging stations within the myChevrolet mobile app.
All the new enhancements to Energy Assist are important part of GM’s overall electric vehicle strategy, explains Helfrich. “Our goal is to deliver the best, most world-class electric vehicle experience, and a big part of that electric vehicle experience is charging,” she says.
WHY THIS MATTERS
The enhancements added to Energy Assist highlight the growing investments that General Motors is making in electric vehicles. The new features also speak to the depth of GM’s focus on EVs beyond the vehicles, themselves, which will prove pivotal in helping to garner more consumer interest in the electric vehicles.