One of the largest looming questions about the mass adoption of electric vehicles is whether the power grid can keep up with increased demand.
General Motors wants to provide an answer – and perhaps some power – to ensure reliability for both utility operators and motorists.
The automaker unveiled a new business unit Tuesday called GM Energy that houses EV-related products and services for residential and commercial customers.
GM Energy is comprised of the new "Ultium Home" and "Ultium Commercial" lines, which share branding with the company's signature battery platform, and it includes the preexisting "Ultium Charge" offering that aims to provide more seamless on-the-go charging experiences, which GM started in 2021.
Combined, the automaker envisions a portfolio of products and services that provide reliability and flexibility at a time when the transportation and energy sectors are increasingly intertwined.
"This all allows us to move into a new white space that's being created by energy management," Travis Hester, vice president of GM EV growth operations, told Automotive News.
The availability of all GM Energy components is expected by the end of 2023, Hester said, but the initial rollout already started in August and will occur in stages.