EV Charging GM will add 3,500 free EV charging stations for its employees
General Motors recently announced that it will add 3,500 electric vehicle chargers to its facilities in the US and Canada. The announcement is the latest in a series of news on how the company works to produce a wide array of affordable electric vehicles over the next few years and spur adoption of its new electric models among both employees and the general public.
Last week, General Motors (GM) laid out a comprehensive strategy to produce a wide array of affordable electric vehicles (EVs) over the next few years at its technical center in Warren, north of Detroit.
20 new electric models by 2023
By 2023, GM plan to have a whooping twenty electric models on the market, including a roomier version of the Chevrolet Bolt EV, arriving later this year. An electric Hummer sport utility vehicle and the Cadillac Lyriq, another SUV, are expected to arrive in showrooms by 2022.
"We want to get as many EVs on the road as possible," said Mary T. Barra, the GM chief executive, in a press release at the time of the announcement.
She pointed out the climate crisis as one driving factor of GM's commitment to increasing access to affordable EVs and the adoption of the same. Furthermore, Ms. Barra announced that GM is hoping that sales of its electric vehicles in the US and Canada will exceed one million a year by 2025.
Tripling the number of charging stations at GM plants and offices
GM is not only looking to make EVs affordable to the general public. The company is aware of the fact that increasing the number of EV charging locations available to consumers is one of the top contributors to growing EV adoption. And so, GM has created a plan to ensure that all their employees can conveniently charge their vehicles as the GM employee EV-owner population grows.
Last week, GM announced that it will add 3,500 EV chargers to its facilities in the US and Canada. With less than a thousand chargers at GM facilities to date, this represents a tripling of workplace charging at GM plants and offices.
GM has accelerated its commitment to power 100 percent of the company's global operations with renewable energy by 2040 lately. The company intends to have all its facilities powered with renewable energy by 2030, meaning that the EVs charged at GM campuses will eventually all be powered by a green grid.
Free EV charging for GM employees, now and forever
"We want to make it as convenient as possible for our employees to enjoy the rewards of EV ownership," said Rick Spina, vice president of EV/AV commercialization and infrastructure. "We have new EVs from GMC for the 2022 model year and from Cadillac planned for the 2023 model year."
In a recent press release, GM declared that it will prioritize charging installation sites based on employee need and will work with charging infrastructure companies to begin installing the charging locations starting in late 2020.
GM employees will have access to Level 2 charging, ideal for efficiently charging EVs throughout a workday. Level 2 chargers can charge the current Chevrolet Bolt EV model up to a speed of 25 miles every hour.
"Charging is free for GM employees and will continue to be free," Daniel Flores, manager of communications at GM, said in a press release at the time of the announcement.
90 percent of EV drivers can't charge their car at work
Workplace charging is a primary charging source for many EV drivers, yet as many as 900,000 out of 1 million EV drivers aren't able to charge their vehicles at work, according to ChargePoint.
According to a report from the US Department of Energy, the availability of workplace chargers has been shown to encourage EV adoption. When charging capabilities are provided at their workplace, a person is six times more likely to drive an EV.