General Motors To Add 3,500 EV Charging Stations To Its U.S. And Canadian Facilities9
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.
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GM should offer free EV fast charging at all dealers for all GM owners.
They can sell coffee while people charge their cars an gawk and massive trucks.
so they are going to install a bunch of very slow chargers???
But most will be for free. Tesla’s superchargers are not free anymore and are highly expensive to install. These Level 2 charge stations can be installed almost anywhere a parking space exists and a 50 A 230 VAC feeder is available. I have one at my home right now, and it cost me less than $250 to build and install.
BTW, do YOU have an EV that needs a fast charger? I didn’t think so!
ONLY level 2? Why even go through with the investment?
To write it off on their taxes….
When you are at work you have no need for fast charging to be complete in 30 minutes, they just sit there all day until it is time to go home. Fast chargers should be saved for places where a quick turn around is likely, maybe at places such as fast food restaurants, gas stations and other stand alone facilities. Home or work environments a slower charger is probably better for the battery as well when being plugged in for long periods of time.
What happens when others are waiting to charge while you are squatting there all day utilizing the few available spots?
That is very true! The great majority of EV owners never need a fast charger. A slow reliable station at work or where you shop or dine is much more effective. Some business owners will give free charges while you enjoy their services.
BTW, first come is first served even for free chargers. EV etiquette is needed, and the first EV owner can leave a contact when a second EV needs the charge station.