General Motors has installed 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its US production and business locations, in response to employee demand. Most are located at GM’s large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily.
Charging is available free to GM employees and visitors. More than 20 percent of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies.
“GM’s commitment to installing a workplace charging infrastructure is among the most expansive of any corporation in the US,” said Britta Gross, director of GM advanced vehicle commercialization policy. “Workplace charging is one of the most important things a company can do to raise plug-in electric vehicle awareness and energize employees. Once employees see how easy it is to plug in at home and work, and they realize the fuel savings, plug-in electric vehicles like the Chevy Volt begin to sell themselves.”
GM has another 400 charge spots dedicated exclusively to vehicle development and testing, and US Chevrolet and Cadillac dealers have installed approximately 5,900 charge stations at their locations. 17 of these dealerships use solar charging canopies.
“Workplace charging is now part of GM’s corporate sustainability plan and our employees want to be part of this positive change,” Gross said. “The key for any company is to take the first step and make it simple for employees to engage – in our case we started with outlets and free charging.”
GM is one of 75 businesses participating in the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge, which encourages employers to provide EV charging access to employees. “GM is an example of a partner who not only has more than 400 workplace charging stations deployed, but also is actively out recruiting other employer partners for the Challenge,” said Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Reuben Sarkar.
Source: General Motors