GM just announced the launch of the new Dealer Community Charging Program, which aims to expand EV charging access throughout the U.S. and Canada, including underserved rural and urban areas.
Originally announced in late 2021, the Dealer Community Charging Program has enrolled nearly 1,000 GM dealers thus far, representing almost a quarter of all GM dealers in North America. the program first opened to Chevy dealers earlier in 2022, but is set to expand to Buick, Cadillac, and GMC dealers by January of the 2023 calendar year.
The launch of the GM Dealer Community Program was marked by the installation of the first community charging stations in Wisconsin and Michigan, while dealers in Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Ohio, and Washington are expected to install new chargers in the next few weeks and months. Participating dealers are eligible to receive up to 10 19.2-kilowatt Level 2 charging stations, with GM coordinating between dealers and installation providers to place the stations at key community locations.
Looking ahead, GM plans to install upwards of 40,000 new Level 2 charging stations across the U.S. and Canada through the Dealer Community Charging Program, nearly doubling the current number of public Level 2 charging stations. The chargers will be available to all EV drivers, rather than just GM EV drivers.
“Nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a GM dealership. Our dealers are deeply involved and trusted in their communities and are well positioned to determine locations that expand access to EV charging, including at small businesses, entertainment venues, schools, and other popular destinations,” said vice president of GM EV Ecosystem, Hoss Hassani. “Our dealers are an important enabler of our all-electric future and in many cases will be the catalyst for EV adoption in communities that would otherwise have limited EV infrastructure.”
GM has also announced that FLO has been selected as the GM Dealer Community Charging Program station provider, with the company’s facility in Michigan serving as the primary production hub for the new program charging stations. Finally, GM is also launching EV Live, a free virtual learning opportunity to educate consumers on EVs.
“GM is taking a comprehensive approach to help put everyone in an EV,” Hassani said. “This includes great vehicles, accessible and reliable charging infrastructure, and free educational resources to help make the transition to EVs as seamless as possible. Combined, these efforts will manifest our all-electric future.”