Today, General Motors Co. in Detroit announced a new community charging program to install up to 40,000 Level 2 electric vehicle chargers in the United States and Canada, including in underserved rural and urban communities. where access to chargers is limited.
The initiative is expected to begin in 2022 and is part of GM’s recently announced commitment to invest nearly $ 750 million to expand home, work and public charging infrastructure through its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem.
“These two initiatives are part of our plan to get everyone in an electric vehicle, making access to charging even more transparent than ever before,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM. “We want to give customers the right tools and access to charging where and when they need it, while leveraging our dealer network to accelerate the expansion of accessible charging in the United States and Canada, including included in underserved areas, rural and urban. “
As part of the Dealer Community Chargers program, GM will offer each of its dealers Ultium chargers that can be deployed at key locations in their respective communities. These charging stations will be available to all EV customers, not just those with and GM EV. Today, nearly 90 percent of the American population lives within 10 miles of a GM dealership.
The company also announced that its new line of three Ultium-branded Level 2 smart charging stations will be available to customers directly through dealers and online to provide more residential or commercial charging options.
The Ultium charger product family will include:
- An 11.5 kilowatt / 48 amp smart charger
- A premium smart charger of 11.5 kW / 48 amps
- A premium smart charger of 19.2 kW / 80 amps
All three are Energy Star certified and have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities. Each charger has dynamic load balancing and can be upgraded over time through live updates with automatic download capabilities. Both premium models include a customizable touchscreen and an integrated camera.
Customers will be able to set their charging schedule, view statistics on charging habits and historical charging sessions, and receive charger status readings through GM vehicle brand mobile apps. The first chargers will be shipped early next year with customers able to incorporate the price into their GM lease or finance contract.
Each GM dealer that sells electric vehicles will receive 10 Ultium Level 2 destination charging stations in addition to helping dealers apply for incentives, funding and access to programs to help accelerate the deployment of local charging from electric vehicles.
Through Ultium Charge 360, GM is working with policymakers, community leaders and industry groups to deploy charging stations or infrastructure more quickly and improve access for those who cannot install charging equipment at home. House.
The company’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 on the go.