General Motors (GM) to expand access to electric vehicle (EV) charging with more than 40,000 community-based charging stations

Dealer community charging program will accelerate the deployment of charging in underserved, rural and urban communities

By
Ian Osborne
October 29, 2021
Category:
EV Life

General Motors (GM) have announced a new community charging program to install up to 40,000 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) chargers across the US and Canada.

GM and its dealers will work together to expand access to charging in local communities including in underserved, rural and urban areas where electric car charging access is often limited.

This initiative, which begins in 2022, is part of GM's recently announced commitment to invest nearly $750 million (£546 million/€646 million) to expand home, workplace and public charging infrastructure through its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem.

Through the Dealer Community Charging Program, GM will work with its dealers to deploy Level 2 charging stations (EVSE) at key locations in the dealer’s respective communities. These include workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, sports and entertainment venues and colleges and universities, among others.

These charging stations will be available to all electric vehicle customers, not just those who purchase a GM electric vehicle. Today, nearly 90 percent of the US population lives within 10 miles (16km) of a GM dealership.

GM is also announcing that its new line of three Ultium-branded Level 2 smart charging stations will be offered to customers through dealerships and online. This will provide more home or commercial charging options and help make electric car charging more widespread.

Mark Reuss, GM president, said: "These two initiatives are part of our plan to put everyone in an EV, making access to charging even more seamless than before.

"We want to give customers the right tools and access to charging where and when they need it, while working with our dealer network to accelerate the expansion of accessible charging throughout the US and Canada, including in underserved, rural and urban areas.”

As part of its Dealer Community Charging Program, GM will help address that by giving each of its EV dealers up to 10 Level 2 destination charging stations and working with them to deploy these at key locations throughout their local communities.

This will help to reduce charging deserts that still exist in many urban and rural areas, lacking in critical electric car charging infrastructure necessary for the more widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

In addition, GM will help dealers apply for incentives and other funding and access to programs that can expect to expedite the deployment of local EV charging.

GM and its dealers, together with local community partners and stakeholders, will help facilitate the installation of up to 40,000 Level 2 chargers at popular destinations and workplaces in the areas that dealers serve.

Through Ultium Charge 360, GM works with policymakers, community leaders and industry groups to deploy charging stations or infrastructure faster. Plus, they will improve access for those that might not be able to install charging equipment at their homes, including apartment dwellers.

GM’s integration with major electric vehicle charging networks simplifies the charging experience by allowing drivers to find stations along a route and initiate and pay for charging while on the go. This will be through their GM vehicle mobile apps. In addition, customers can access nearly 85,000 charging spots throughout the US and Canada.

The Ultium brand name on GM's all-new EV platform, propulsion components and charging ecosystem will soon expand to a brand of Ultium Chargers for residential and commercial use developed with leading vehicle charging specialist CTEK.

GM's family of Ultium Chargers will include a 11.5 kilowatt/48-amp smart charger, a 11.5 kW/48-amp premium smart charger and 19.2 kW/80-amp premium smart charger.

All three Ultium chargers are Energy Star Certified, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Each charger features dynamic load balancing and can be upgraded over time through over-the-air updates with automatic download capabilities.

The two premium models include a customisable touchscreen and an embedded camera. Customers can set their charging schedule, view statistics on their charging habits and historical charging sessions and receive readouts of charger status through the GM brand mobile apps.

It’s good to see General Motors trying to help in areas where less charging is currently available. Hopefully, this will help speed up the transition to driving electric cars in these locations. The first Ultium Chargers will ship early next year with customers able to roll the price into their GM Financial lease or financial contracts.

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