Earlier today, General Motors delivered exciting news for EV drivers. The automaker has announced a new community charging program, which promises to install up to 40,000 Level 2 EV chargers across the U.S. and Canada, notably focusing on previously underserved areas where EV charging access is limited. The program is set to begin in 2022, and will presumably encourage more drivers in rural and urban areas to make the switch from gas-powered vehicles to electric.
Named the Dealer Community Charging Program, this new initiative is part of GM’s commitment of US$750 million to expand home, workplace and public charging infrastructure through its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem. With this in mind, Level 2 charging stations will be deployed at “key locations in the dealer’s respective communities”, such as workplaces, condominiums, sports and entertainment venues, college and universities, and more. Even better, these stations will not be exclusive to GM EV customers, but will be available for use by all EV drivers.
GM also announced plans to expand their line of smart charging technology with three new Ultium-branded Level 2 smart charging stations that will be offered to customers through dealerships and online. These stations promise to provide more home or commercial charging options, making the switch to electric a more feasible choice for drivers across Canada and the U.S.
Speaking to the announcement, GM President Mark Reuss shares, “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 U.S. and Canada, including in underserved, rural and urban areas.”