General Motors says it has installed a total of 401 electric vehicle charging stations at its U.S. production and business facilities – the majority of which are located at GM's large engineering and corporate facilities in Michigan, where employee EV ownership is growing steadily.
Additionally, more than 20% of the stations use electricity generated from solar canopies to help charge employee vehicles. All of GM's charging stations are available free of charge to GM employees and visitors.
In addition to the workplace charging, GM has another 400 charge spots dedicated exclusively to vehicle development and testing. Chevrolet and Cadillac dealers have installed approximately 5,900 charge stations at their locations for owner use – 17 of these dealerships use solar charging canopies.
‘Workplace charging is one of the most important things a company can do to raise plug-in electric vehicle awareness and energize employees,’ says Britta Gross, director of GM advanced vehicle commercialization policy. ‘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 is a founding member of the Workplace Charging Challenge – a U.S. Department of Energy initiative.