GM, Shell to Offer U.S. Renewable Energy Solutions, Includes Free EV Charging

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Despite being a petroleum company, Shell is making strides toward its goal of becoming a net-zero emissions energy company by 2050, and a new partnership is set to help bring that goal to fruition.

Shell and General Motors (GM) announced a partnership on Wednesday, to offer renewable energy solutions to both GM customers as well as associated partners in the supply chain, according to a press release. The program will offer fixed-rate home energy plans fueled by renewable energy to eligible customers in Texas who own Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, or Cadillac vehicles.

The news comes just months after many homeowners witnessed how Tesla’s Powerwalls saved the day amidst Texas snowstorms and subsequent power outages.

In addition to its fixed-rate home energy plans, the partnership will offer the option for free overnight hours of electric vehicle (EV) charging, and upcoming products and services for setting and accomplishing individual carbon-reduction goals.

“Owners of eligible Chevrolet electric vehicles (EV) will have the opportunity to schedule their EV to charge during the free overnight hours, from midnight to 5 a.m.,” explained GM.

GM Chief Sustainability Officer Kristen Siemen said, “Addressing climate change requires incredible scale.” Siemen continued, “At GM, we’re committed to helping bring everybody in on a more sustainable future.”

Alongside Shell’s attempts to reduce emissions, GM has started unveiling a number of EVs, and recently boosted investments into GM EVs and autonomous driving to $35 billion through 2035.

GM announced the Cadillac Lyriq earlier this year, in addition to the GMC Hummer EV, set to see their first deliveries in 2022 and 2023, respectively.

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