General Motors announced today that it will add 3,500 EV chargers to its facilities in the US and Canada. This represents a tripling of workplace charging at GM plants and offices. Daniel Flores, manager of communications at GM, said, “Charging is free for GM employees and will continue to be free.”
Flores said that are currently 918 charging plugs across North American facilities. Charging is provided at the RenCen, Milford Proving Grounds, and Warren Tech Center in addition to facilities in New York, Texas, Ontario, and other locations.
The company said it will prioritize charging installation sites based on employee needs and will work with charging infrastructure companies to begin installing the charging locations starting in late 2020.
GM said that it will ensure that all employees can conveniently charge their vehicles as the employee EV-owner population grows. The company said the Bolt EV is “popular,” although it did not provide numbers. In the next year, it will add GMC and Cadillac models to its electric offerings, expanding the number of EV-driving employees.
Think of it as a way for General Motors to encourage its employees to drive the EVs made by the company — and in doing so, to become evangelists for its EVs and electric-vehicle technology. GM’s expansion of workplace charging also demonstrates the value of investing in workplace charging.
This means that one station could re-juice a number of vehicles per day.
Of course, not everyone does their charging like that.
An owner of, say, a 2020 Chevy Bolt EV with 259 miles of charge might more likely only charge once a week. If they opt not to charge at home, they would only need the use of a single charging station one day of the workweek. So, you can see that each charger could supply services for a number of employees.
The rollout of this new internal infrastructure is expected to begin in the latter part of the year, locating the new stations where they will be used most. It's worth keeping in mind that the power supplied will increasingly come from lower-carbon sources over time. GM has pledged to power 100 percent of its global operations with renewable energy by 2040. By 2030, it aims to have its U.S. facilities all powered by renewables.