General Motors (GM) said it will install up to 40,000 electric vehicle chargers across North America as part of a plan to put nearly $750 million into charging infrastructure that will help attract drivers to its electrified models.
GM will supply the charging equipment to auto dealers across the U.S. and Canada. Those dealers will work to identify suitable sites and get the units installed. GM will give each dealer up to 10 Ultium charging stations to deploy in their community. The automaker said it will also help dealers apply for incentives and other funding programs to install the chargers.
GM chose to partner with dealers under the plan — the Dealer Community Charging Program — because they’re already connected in their local area.
The new infrastructure will be called Ultium Chargers, so they’ll have clear GM branding, but unlike Tesla’s Supercharging network, GM’s 40,000 new Level 2 chargers will not be a proprietary network.
GM is also announcing 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 home or commercial charging options and help make EV charging more widespread.
"These two initiatives are part of our plan to put everyone in an EV, making access to charging even more seamless than before," says Mark Reuss, president, GM. "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 throughout the U.S. and Canada, including in underserved, rural and urban areas."