GM Wants To Own Your Entire Home EV Charging Process

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

gm wants to own your entire home ev charging process

Buying an electric vehicle is a great step toward cutting your driving emissions, but you’ll want to install a home charger to make owning one much less annoying. General Motors recently announced new home charging offerings for its EV customers, including solutions that enable vehicle-to-home (V2H) functionality. 

GM’s Ultium Home products come in three bundles. The V2H Bundle includes a bidirectional charger and home charger that can let the structure go off-grid. The Home Energy System includes those two components and adds a PowerBank battery for backup. People without EVs can still buy the PowerBank and connectors to store power. The system also works with solar-powered homes, and GM has partnered with SunPower to create the connections. Owners can manage the power flow through the GM Energy Cloud app.

The number of GM Ultium EVs is about to grow quickly, as the Chevrolet Equinox EV and Blazer EV are set to join the lineup later this year. The Cadillac Escalade IQ is also expected soon, along with the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV. It’s unclear if GM’s home power solutions will work with other automakers’ vehicles running on Ultium technology, but the company has paired up with Honda to build new electric SUVs for it and the Acura brand.

[Image: Chevrolet]

Become a TTAC insider. Get the latest news, features, TTAC takes, and everything else that gets to the truth about cars first by  subscribing to our newsletter.

Join the conversation
14 of 41 comments
  • Kwik_Shift Kwik_Shift on Jun 29, 2023

    Spying and control is what its about.

    • See 2 previous
    • FreedMike FreedMike on Jun 30, 2023

      @SPPP: True, Meta and other tech companies sell data. But they sell it because it's sellable, meaning there's data that buyers could actually use to sell you stuff.

      Now we have GM, who wants to sell you a home charger and a battery storage system. What sellable data do they mine from this - how much electricity you use? That doesn't seem like something that could be sold for much, if at all, and if it were, your electric company would already be selling it.

      Either way, the solution to all this is simple: opt out of data sharing. And there needs to be regulation of what companies can collect in the first place.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Jun 29, 2023

    So... if I allow GM to "own" my EV power source, will it throw up all over the garage when I plug in a Mach-E or Tesla? Will the data transmissions work between manufacturers?

    • See 1 previous
    • Luke42 Luke42 on Jul 01, 2023

      There's a brand-agnostic serial protocol which allows the computer in the car and the computer in the wall-unit to negotiate the appropriate amperage so that the wiring doesn't overheat.

      There is a conspiracy here: one to prevent electrical fires.

      It's the J1772 "pilot signal" running through a NACS connector. It works with every modern brand and style of EV just fine.

  • Analoggrotto Analoggrotto on Jun 29, 2023

    General Motors is turning into a communist shadow entity.

    • See 4 previous
    • Multicam Multicam on Jul 03, 2023

      Luke42, while I agree with the spirit of your first two sentences, I can’t agree with your characterization of ICE vehicles as “smelly, slow, noisy…” etc. I just completed a 2,500+ mile cross-country trip in three days and three hours while towing 2,200 lbs and with another… say… 900 lbs of payload across two ICE vehicles. Most of the time with the A/C on full blast. Most stops lasting less than 10 minutes every 300 miles or so. It would have been utterly impossible to do that in an EV, and our ICE vehicles smelled fine, were plenty fast, and quiet enough that we could listen to whatever we wanted. So… while I’m glad EVs work for you and so many others, people like me who move every 18 months and don’t own houses can’t make them work.

  • 3SpeedAutomatic 3SpeedAutomatic on Jul 03, 2023

    With the number of recalls of Big Three vehicles, are there corresponding defects in the home charging system?

    Will GM claim ownership when the system causes a fire at my home?

    Also, do any corresponding defects fall under NTSB recall guidelines?

    I hear the lawyers typing class action briefs as we speak.🤥🤥🤥