Each GM dealer will receive up to 10 charging stations to install at key places in the community
GM will also assist dealers to apply for incentives and funding programs for EVs
The goal is to add 40,000 level 2 chargers in the US and Canada
One of the biggest problems that slows down the adoption of EVs is the limited number of public chargers and the inability for many people to charge at home.
General Motors committed to invest close to $750 million to expand home, workplace and public charging networks in Canada and the United States by adding 40,000 charging stations.
One way this will happen is by going through GM’s dealer network. Each dealership will receive up to ten level 2 charging stations to install at key places throughout their community, where they will be the most useful.
These chargers are meant to help the adoption of electric vehicles by people who can’t charge at their place of residence, as is the case for many Condo owners and almost all people living in apartments.
General Motors will also help its dealers to apply to local incentive programs that will give them compensation for helping the public infrastructure, or that will finance their efforts to install even more chargers.
It is important to mention that all of these charging stations will be useable for any electric vehicles, not just the ones made by General Motors.
The company also recently unveiled a new Ultium line of level 2 home chargers destined for people who can charge their vehicle at home.
Three models will be offered, a 11.5 kW / 48-amp model with basic features, another 11.5 kW / 48-amps model but with a customisable touchscreen and a camera. The touch screen will allow users to schedule their charging habits and receive charging updates on their phone via a special app. The third model is a more powerful 19.2 kW / 80-amp unit made for vehicles with bigger batteries, such as the GMC Hummer EV. This model is also equipped with the touchscreen.
All three of these new chargers are certified Energy Star and they feature WIFI and Bluetooth capabilities, which will allow them to be updated via the internet.