GM to install 40K EV chargers across North America
By Jenny LescohierOctober 27, 2021
General Motors is kicking off a new community charging program to install up to 40,000 Level 2 EV chargers across the U.S. and Canada. This dovetails with GM’s introduction of electric vehicles, including the upcoming introduction of the Silverado EV electric pickup truck in 2022.
According to a statement from the company, General Motors and its dealers will work together to expand access to charging in local communities including those in underserved, rural and urban areas where EV charging access is often limited. The initiative begins in 2022 and is part of GM’s recently announced commitment to invest nearly $750 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, including workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, sports and entertainment venues and college and universities, among others. These charging stations will be available to all EV customers, not just those who purchase a GM EV. Today, nearly 90% of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles 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 to provide more home or commercial charging options and help make EV charging more widespread.
“These two initiatives are part of our plan to put everyone in an EV, making access to charging even more seamless than before,” said GM President Mark Reuss. “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.”
Charging “deserts” still exist in many urban and rural areas, lacking in critical EV charging infrastructure necessary for the more widespread adoption of EVs.
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. 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’s integration with major EV 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, all through their GM vehicle mobile apps. In addition, customers can access nearly 85,000 charging spots throughout the U.S. 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:
- An 11.5 kilowatt/48-amp smart charger
- An 11.5 kW/48-amp premium smart charger
- A 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 customizable 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.
The first Ultium Chargers will ship early next year with customers able to roll the price into their GM Financial lease or financial contracts.
By facilitating the proliferation of charging stations across North America, GM takes a major step toward realizing its recently stated intention to phase out petroleum-powered cars and trucks and sell only vehicles that have zero tailpipe emissions by 2035.