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General Motors is crafting what it calls a "holistic" electric vehicle charging approach as the automaker launches new EVs and invests big in the technology.

Why it matters: GM's betting its future on EVs! But the hassle of charging is a big obstacle to mass adoption.

  • While most owners will charge at home, or even at work, people want assurance they can find plugs as easily as finding gas stations.

How it works: The automaker on Wednesday unveiled Ultium Charge 360, an approach that integrates outside providers, GM vehicle mobile apps, and other services.

  • It's the next phase of GM's strategy that eschews Tesla's model of an exclusive network.
  • Instead, GM wants to make it easy to charge at any public station — without juggling multiple apps or third-party memberships.

Where it stands: GM now has signed agreements with Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo and three others, and it plans to add more.

  • The company said its drivers will soon have access to 60,000 plug points in the U.S and Canada.
  • It also covers the costs of installing home Level 2 charging for Chevy Bolt customers via work with the company Qmerit.

The bottom line: The stakes are high for GM, which plans to launch 30 EVs globally by 2025 as it invests many billions of dollars.

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Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid hackers nearly $5 million in ransom

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Colonial Pipeline paid hackers linked to the DarkSide cybercrime group nearly $5 million in cryptocurrency after last week's ransomware attack, Bloomberg first reported and the New York Times confirmed.

Why it matters: The breach of the largest refined fuels pipeline in the U.S. triggered new concerns about the vulnerability of the country's increasingly digitized energy systems.

Biden warns gas stations not to price gouge: "That's not who we are"

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President Biden on Thursday warned gas companies to not price gouge amid major shortages following the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

The big picture: Biden added that the FBI does not believe the Russian government is behind the attack, but they do know that those responsible "are living in Russia."

Pelosi condemns GOP lawmakers for downplaying Jan. 6 Capitol attack

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday tore into Republican members of Congress who downplayed the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot during a House hearing on Wednesday, telling reporters: "I don't know [of] a normal day around here when people are threatening to hang the vice president."

Why it matters: House lawmakers are currently in negotiations over forming a bipartisan Jan. 6 commission to examine the attack and the events that led up to it.

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