Charging infrastructure remains one of the largest barriers to electric car ownership, but General Motors hopes to change that.
The automaker has launched a new portal on its website that not only provides charging education, but it will also even help those interested find certified home charging station installers. The operation works with a company called Qmerit and all of it can be done from a smartphone.
The service requires those interested to enter their home address, which will check for certified charging station installers in the area, and then receive quotes. Users can send photos of the area where he or she wants the charging station installed and provide more info for installers to get an accurate quote. From there, Qmerit will schedule the appointment. The installation even includes pulling all proper permits for the work.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV has always accepted Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations, but the final model year for the Chevrolet Volt added Level 2 charging capability. Or, there are some DIY tricks to make any second-generation Volt work with a 240V outlet. DC fast charging is available at public stations for the Bolt EV, but not the Volt.
Level 1 charging is done with a basic 120V outlet, and for Bolt EV owners, is not the best way to go about charging the car. It will add about 4 miles of range per hour plugged in compared to 25 miles with a 240V outlet per hour. DC fast chargers can provide 90 miles of range in just 30 minutes.
Charging education will absolutely be necessary as GM works to introduce 20 new electric cars by 2023. The more informed consumers are, the more likely they’ll go electric for their next vehicle.