GM Launches Dealer Community Recharge Program; > 40,000 charging stations and new smart EV power equipment


General Motors announced a new community charging program to install up to 40,000 Level 2 EV chargers in the United States and Canada. GM and its dealers will work together to expand access to charging in local communities, including underserved rural and urban areas where access to electric vehicle charging is often limited.

The initiative, which begins in 2022, 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.

As part of the Dealer Community Charging Program, GM will work with its dealers to deploy Level 2 Charging Stations (EVSEs) at key locations in respective dealer communities, including workplaces, apartment buildings multiple, sports and entertainment venues, and colleges and universities, among others. These charging stations will be available to all electric vehicle customers, not just those who purchase a GM electric vehicle.

Today, nearly 90% of the American population live within 10 miles of a GM dealership.

GM also announced 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 in-home or commercial charging options and to help expand the market. recharging of electric vehicles.

Both of these initiatives are part of our plan to get everyone in an EV, making access to charging even more transparent than ever 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 in the United States and Canada, including in underserved areas, rural and urban.

—General Manager Mark Reuss

Today, charging deserts still exist in many urban and rural areas due to a lack of essential EV charging infrastructure needed for more widespread adoption of EVs. As part of its dealer community charging program, GM will help address this issue by giving each of its electric vehicle dealers up to 10 Level 2 charging stations and working with them to deploy them to key locations. in their local communities.

In addition, GM will help dealers apply for incentives and other financing and access programs that can accelerate the deployment of local electric vehicle charging.

GM and its dealers, along with local community partners and stakeholders, will help facilitate the installation of up to 40,000 Level 2 chargers in popular destinations and workplaces in the areas served by the dealers.

With Ultium Charge 360, GM is working with policymakers, community leaders and industry groups to deploy charging stations or infrastructure faster and improve access for those who may not be able to install equipment. charging at home, including apartment dwellers.

GM’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, throughout of their GM vehicle mobile applications. In addition, customers can access nearly 85,000 charging points in the United States 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 the leading charging specialist of CTEK vehicles.

GM’s Ultium charger 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 Ultium chargers are Energy Star certified, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Each charger has dynamic load balancing and can be upgraded over time through live updates with automatic download capabilities. Both top-of-the-range models include a customizable touchscreen and an integrated camera.

Customers can set their charging schedule, view statistics on their charging habits and historical charging sessions, and receive charger status readings through GM-branded mobile apps.

The first Ultium chargers will be shipped early next year with customers able to factor the price into their GM lease or finance contract.

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