In a show of commitment to an electric future, GM will add 3,500 new charging spots for its employees in Canada and the U.S., tripling the number it currently offers, GM announced this morning.
“Charging infrastructure is crucial to wider acceptance of EVs, and we’ll continue to do everything we can to improve it, both for our employees and for all our customers,” said GM president Mark Reuss, in advance of two days of showcasing the firm’s plans for zero emissions vehicles, plus future safety technology and traffic congestion reduction efforts.
There was no confirmation on how many of the extra 3,500 charging spots would be in Canada, or how many of those could be available to visitors to GM facilities or other members of the public, but the company did confirm that the majority of the spots would be energized by 240-volt Level 2 charging starting in late 2020.
These types of chargers can add roughly 40 km to its current Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle every hour, and will help attract and retain talented employees, while highlighting the company’s commitment to sustainability, said GM.
The company’s announcement didn’t mention that some employees and managers have traditionally received a fuel allowance from GM, and thus the availability of free electricity for employee EVs could become a company benefit that may help save the company money by encouraging the switch from gasoline or diesel to considerably less expensive electricity as a fuel, while potentially extending the benefit to more employees.
Chevrolet Bolt owners as well as GM employees also recently received new EV-specific functionality on their myChevrolet app called Energy Assist, which now allows for easier route planning by integrating their destination and waypoints along with the vehicle’s charge level to new integration with dynamic data from charge network providers that will tell drivers how many charge points are currently available at each location – or if none are.
The updated app will also now provide EV owners access to 30 percent more DC quick chargers compared to 2019, and more than 40,000 charging stations in North America overall, no matter the network provider, said the company. The app will be free for five years from the purchase of a Bolt, and will also provide a way to pay for charging from within the app from an increasing number of network alliances, says the company, starting with the EVgo network in the U.S.