Car companies making the leap towards electrification are discovering new services and products that significantly expand their investment portfolios and put them ahead of competition in previously unimaginable areas.
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This is the situation General Motors Corporation (GM) has announced the establishment of a new business unit in the United States, It is called General Motors Energy, which will provide electricity storage and management services to individuals and businesses.
GM Energy will offer everything from battery packs to electric vehicle (EV) chargers.through solar panels, hydrogen batteries and software applications, among other products.
GM’s new unit follows in the footsteps of Tesla Motors, which already offers similar services with electricity storage systems for homes and solar panels designed like roof tiles for single-family homes.
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GM Energy will enable bi-directional charging in addition to car-to-home and vehicle-to-grid electricity, enabling the sale of energy stored in electric vehicles and batteries to power companies during peak periods of use.
GM said it has already entered into agreements with several large companies in the United States to provide GM services and products to its customers.
The automaker has also indicated an interest in expanding GM Energy’s activities to Canada and other countries in the future.
Travis Hester, GM’s vice president of electric vehicle growth operations, said in a statement that GM Energy will help make the electric grid more reliable.
“GM Energy has an opportunity to help produce sustainable energy products and services that can help mitigate the impact of blackouts,” he explained.
Greater energy consumption necessitates stronger facilities and generators, which will be enhanced by the entry of clean energies that are becoming prevalent in the world.
however, In clean energies there are challenges such as ensuring stability and continuity of service.
Once these variables are under control, the transmission and distribution of that energy enters and a new question arises: Are urban electricity grids able to support this increase in electricity demand for homes and now cars? As well as paying attention to the surpluses of self-generators. The best said: Will the cable last that long?
One of the concerns caused by the increasing demand for electric vehicles, which will accelerate in the coming years, is that the saturation of generation capacity and electric grids. To travel 160 kilometers, an electric car requires, on average, 30 kilowatt-hours, which is the same amount a single-family home needs per day to power appliances, lighting, air conditioning and other appliances.
A study conducted by the US Department of Energy in 2020 indicated that by 2050, electrification of cars, as well as other sectors, Electricity consumption increased by up to 38%.
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