General Motors is ramping up its efforts to put everyone in a new all-electric vehicle by beefing up the EV charging infrastructure throughout the U.S. and Canada, recently announcing plans to install 40,000 new Level 2 charging stations. The new EV charging station installations will begin next year.
The new initiative will work to provide access to EV charging stations in underserved, rural, and urban areas, and is part of General Motors’ recent announcement to invest almost $750 million towards the expansion of EV charging infrastructure through the Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem, which, in addition to public charging stations, also includes home charging and workplace charging.
The latest installation announcement includes the General Motors Dealer Community Charging Program, wherein GM will coordinate with its dealer network to deploy the Level 2 charging stations in key locations, such as “workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, sports and entertainment venues and college and universities, among others.”
The initiative is intended to make it easier for EV customers to find convenient charging stations along a given route, while also opening up the option to pay for charging services through the GM vehicle mobile apps. Customers will also have access to a further 85,000 charging stations already in place throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Interestingly, the charging stations will be available to all EV customers, rather than only those with a General Motors electric vehicle.
GM customers will also have an opportunity to install their own Ultium-branded chargers, either at home or commercially. General Motors is partnering with vehicle charging specialist CTEK to offer a total of three smart charging solutions, including an 11.5 kilowatt / 48-amp charger, an 11.5 kilowatt / 48-amp premium charger, and a 19.2 kilowatt / 80-amp premium charger.
Each of these charging solutions comes with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as dynamic load balancing and the ability for over-the-air updates that keep the charger up-to-date. Customers can also use the system to set their own charging schedule and record charging habits. The first of these customer-bound Ultium chargers will be available next year, the cost of which can be rolled into a GM Financial lease.