General Motors already makes it especially easy for Chevrolet Volt or Cadillac ELR owners to find parking at the Renaissance Center, with an abundance of EV charging stations in its parking garages, and even right out front of the main doors facing Jefferson Ave. The company has now revealed it will add 23 more, bringing to the total number of 120V charging outlets at its 45 different facilities across the country to nearly 500.
GM says the new charging points will be installed in the Ren Cen’s Beaubien Place, Millender Center River East parking garages. The stations allow GM employees who also own an EV to charge their cars while they work, ensuring their ELR or Volt has full electric range when the leave work later that day.
“Putting charging stations at a place of work is arguably the best way to raise EV awareness with consumers and grow the market,” director of GM advanced vehicle commercialization policy, Britta Gross, said in a statement.
Gross said GM has a goal of manufacturing 500,000 hybrid or electric vehicles annually by 2017, so it’s taken a large interest in establishing and maintaining the proper charging infrastructure.
“Employees continue to be our best advocates,” added Gross. “If each one of our global employees reached out to just 2 customers and converted them to one of our electric vehicles, we would reach our goal.”
GM, like many other automakers, hopes to transform transportation and develop new technology solutions to lessen their company’s impact on the environment.