Nearly 18 years after the debut of General Motors’ all-electric EV1, GM has reached an important milestone in the quest to mainstream electric propulsion: the completion of 400 vehicle charging stations throughout its United States facilities.
These car ports are designed to encourage General Motors employees to “fill up” their electric automobiles free of charge as a benefit of working for GM. Additionally, almost 20 percent of these stations are partially powered by solar panels, adding to the eco-friendly image of the EV-charging program.
“GM’s commitment to installing a workplace charging infrastructure is among the most expansive of any corporation in the U.S.,” says director of GM advanced vehicle commercialization policy, Britta Gross. “Workplace charging is one of the most important things a company can do to raise plug-in electric vehicle awareness and energize employees.”
While consumers can use almost 5,900 power ports at participating Chevrolet and Cadillac dealerships throughout the U.S., most of the 400 facility-owned stations are found in Michigan, where the majority of General Motors’ infrastructure is located.