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March 5, 2020

GM adds 3,500 US/Canada staff EV charging plugs

General Motors is adding 3,500 new EV charging plugs at its US and Canadian facilities.

By Rhodri Morgan

General Motors is adding 3,500 new EV charging plugs at its US and Canadian facilities.

The move will triple the amount of charging locations GM currently provides.

“This is another step down the path to making EV ownership easier for everyone, especially for our own employees,” said GM president, Mark Reuss.

“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.”

GM is working with charging providers to offer EV owners options on where to charge.

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 Bolt EV owners improved access to a nationwide network of public charging locations and real-time location data. 

The American manufacturer says workplace charging is a primary charging source for many EV drivers, yet 900,000 out of 1m 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, maintains GM.

“Over 90% of EV owners charge either at home, at work or a combination of both,” added GM EV/AV commercialisation and infrastructure VP, Rick Spina.

“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.” 

GM will prioritise charging installation sites based on employee need and will work with charging infrastructure companies to start installing the charging locations starting in late 2020. GM employees will have access to Level 2 charging.

GM recently accelerated its commitment to power 100% of global operations with renewable energy by 2040. In the US, 100% of facilities will be powered with renewable energy by 2030, which means the EVs charged at GM campuses will eventually all be powered by a green grid.

GM also announced the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant will be its first factory 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.

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