General Motors is making electric vehicle charging for employees even more accessible by making plans to install an additional 3,500 new EV charging plugs at the company’s facilities in the U.S. and Canada.
The expansion will triple the number of charging locations that GM currently offers employees and comes as GM is ready to outline plans for the expansion of its EV line-up during a press event at its technical center in Warren, Michigan.
“This is another step down the path to making EV ownership easier for everyone, especially for our own employees,” said Mark Reuss, GM president. “Charging infrastructure is crucial to wider acceptance of EVs, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to improve it, both for our employees and for all our customers. We encourage other companies to do likewise.”
Increasing the number of EV charging locations available to consumers is one of the top contributors to growing EV adoption.
GM believes charging should be ubiquitous and is working with charging providers to offer EV owners more charging options. 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.
Currently, GM helps owners connect with certified at-home charging electricians through Qmerit and recently made enhancements to its Energy Assist feature in the latest version of the myChevrolet app to provide Chevrolet Bolt EV owners improved access to a nationwide network of public charging locations and real-time location data.
Workplace charging is a primary charging source for many EV drivers, yet 900,000 out of 1 million EV drivers are not able to charge their vehicles at work. Availability of workplace chargers has been shown to encourage EV adoption, and drivers are six times more likely to drive an EV when charging capabilities are provided at their workplace.
“Over 90% of EV owners charge either at home, at work or a combination of both,” 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, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for our employees to enjoy the rewards of EV ownership.”
Workplace charging is valuable for employees and businesses alike, the company believes. 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.
GM 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.
This EV charging investment is a continuation of GM’s commitment to an all-electric future. GM also announced that the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant will be GM’s first plant that is 100% devoted to electric vehicles and will build the new GMC Hummer EV for the 2022 model year.
In 2019, GM announced a collaboration with LG Chem to mass produce battery cells for future battery-electric vehicles, and a partnership with Qmerit to create a more accessible at-home charging solution.