GM partners with utility companies to use future EVs to power homes

GM partners with utility companies to use future EVs to power homes

On Tuesday, GM announced a collaboration with Pacific Gas and Electric Company. The two will test the use of GM’s EVs as on-demand power sources for homes in PG&E’s service area in California.

PG&E, which is a utility company that serves 16 million people across Northern and central California, is taking the lead in the pilot, but GM said the intention is to make this capability national as soon as possible.

“GM’s collaboration with PG&E further expands our electrification strategy, demonstrating our EVs as reliable mobile sources of power,” GM CEO Mary Barra said in a statement. “Our teams are working to rapidly scale this pilot and bring bidirectional charging technology to our customers.”

GM has said it will have more than 1 million units of EV capacity in North America by the end of 2025. GM promises to bring 30 new EVs to market on its Ultium Platform, a combined EV architecture and propulsion system, that will underpin a variety of EVs including an upcoming Chevrolet Equinox EV to be priced at $30,000.

The pilot program starts this summer. In it, the companies will test bidirectional charging technology to see whether it can safely power the essential needs of a properly equipped home.