GM takes workplace charging to a new level, others should follow
Workplace charging is one of the most important factors in increasing the rate of EV adoption. The topic has been discussed at length here at Torque News; providing workplace charging not only increases effective range of employees’ EVs but also has a great impact on public awareness.
Charged EVs reported Wednesday that GM now has installed 401 charging stations at its manufacturing, engineering, and business locations in the United States. The electricity use is free to employees as well as visitors, and 20% comes from solar canopies.
The widespread installation of charging stations at GM workplaces was not just an attempt to encourage employees to purchase the company’s plug-in offerings, but rather was in response to employee demand.
In Michigan, demand for electric vehicles among GM employees is particularly strong. This is reflected by the 269 charging locations in the state, though the number is also high due to the high concentration of GM facilities there. Overall, about 35% of the installed chargers are Level I with the remainder Level II.
“Workplace charging is one of the most important things a company can do to raise plug-in electric vehicle awareness and energize employees,” said 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.”