Chevy’s upcoming Bolt app will show real-time charging station status

It's using data from three of the leading US electric charge networks.

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EVs like the Bolt are surging in popularity, but the US charging grid is still kind of a mess. GM has announced that it's doing something about it, collaborating with charging networks EVgo, ChargePoint and Greenlots. It'll gather data from the companies to use in a new version of its myChevrolet app, with the aim of showing Bolt drivers real-time info on more than 31,000 charging stations.

The data will appear on the app or the Bolt's built-in infotainment system, which should make it simpler for drivers to find the best station. That includes "real-time data on charge station health to report if a charging station is working, available and compatible with a Bolt EV... before or during a trip," the company wrote.

GM has pretty big electrification plans, saying it will launch 20 electric cars by 2023, including a couple of models this year. Like many other automakers, though, it's well behind Tesla in creating charging networks. As such, it has mostly relied on third-parties, for example by launching a US-wide fast DC-charging network with EVgo last year. GM said its latest partnership with the three charging networks should be finalized by the end of April, 2019.

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