General Motors will add 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations at its various office buildings and manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada, the automaker announced this week.
The automaker says this move will triple the amount of electric vehicle charging stations it has at its various facilities in the U.S. and Canada. While only a small portion of GM employees may drive plug-ins or EVs currently, the automaker says this move is representative of its desire to make EV ownership easier for everyone. It also says the availability of EV charging locations is one of the top contributors to growing EV adoption – a cause that will become increasingly important to GM as it rolls out new EVs like the GMC Hummer EV and electric Cadillac crossover.
“GM believes charging should be ubiquitous and is working with charging providers to offer EV owners options on where to charge,” the automaker said in a statement. “With the internal popularity of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, and with the well-publicized GMC and Cadillac models that will roll out in the future, GM is committed to ensuring that all employees are able to conveniently charge their vehicles as the employee EV-owner population grows.”
In addition, GM also claims that 900,000 out of the 1 million EV drivers in the United States are not able to charge their vehicles at work, yet consumers are six times more likely to drive an EV if charging capabilities are provided at their workplace.
“GM hopes to show other companies the value of investing in workplace charging, as it is an affordable employee benefit, supports talent attraction and retention, and showcases the company’s commitment to sustainability,” the company’s statement also said.
The Level 2 charging sites will be installed based on employee need. If a plant or building is known to have many EV drivers or its existing EV chargers are frequently full, it will receive priority over others. GM said it is working with third-party companies to install the chargers, but did not say which brand they would come from. A Level 2 charger can add about 25 miles of range to the Chevrolet Bolt EV battery every hour under ideal conditions.
This announcement comes on the heels of GM’s recent commitment to power 100 percent of its global operations with renewable energy by 2040. This plan will include moving all of U.S. facilities to renewables by 2030. Many of the chargers at its U.S. plants will eventually run on clean energy, then, further minimizing the vehicles’ environmental impact.
GM did not say when it plans to have all 3,500 chargers installed at its U.S. and Canadian facilities.