After General Motors recently announced that it will invest nearly $750 million in charging infrastructure by 2025, this auto company has now revealed the specific steps. GM will launch a "dealer community charging plan" with its dealers with impressive goals.
In today's statement, GM said that as part of the above-mentioned dealer community charging plan, it will build up to 40,000 AC charging stations for electric vehicles in the United States and Canada from 2022. Instead, the plan will involve each GM dealer receiving up to 10 AC/2 class chargers and installing them in key locations in local communities, including workplaces, multi-family homes, sports and activity venues, colleges and universities. According to the company, the reason is that today, nearly 90% of the American population lives within 10 miles of GM dealers. The charging station will also be open to the public.
GM also announced that it will provide a series of three proprietary chargers for home and commercial use in the name of Ultium Chargers from next year. These will also be provided through GM dealers.
Mark Reuss, president of General Motors, said: "These two initiatives are part of our plan to let everyone ride in electric vehicles, making charging more seamless than before." "While cooperating with our dealer network, we hope to provide customers with appropriate tools and the opportunity to charge anytime and anywhere, so as to accelerate the expansion of barrier-free charging throughout the United States and Canada (including underserved, rural and urban areas)."
For these three chargers, the company is cooperating with Swedish charging expert CTEK to develop 11.5 kW /48 amp chargers and 11.5 kW /48 amp and 19.2 kW /80 amp advanced intelligent chargers. According to GM, all three products have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dynamic load management functions, and can also handle wireless updates (OTA). These two advanced models are also equipped with customizable touch screens and integrated cameras. The first batch of Ultium chargers are scheduled to be delivered early next year.
The statement also pointed out the Ultium Charge 360 plan proposed by General Motors in April this year, and then used it as a concept covering all public and private charging scenarios. As a supplement to the above initiatives, agreements with seven major charging networks in North America (namely Blink Charging, ChargePoint, EV Connect, EVgo, FLO, Greenlots and SemaConnect) will provide about 85,000 charging points for electric vehicle drivers. GM added that it may cooperate further in the future, but will not cooperate with its competitor Volkswagen and its Electrify America network.
At a two-day investor event held in early October, GM announced its growth strategy for 2030, which relies heavily on electric vehicles, connected services and new business areas. To be precise, GM predicts that the sales of electric vehicles will reach the $10 billion mark in 2023. By 2030, the sales of electric vehicles are expected to rise to about 90 billion dollars, equivalent to 77.8 billion euros. The total target turnover is USD 280 billion, and the sales of electric vehicles will account for about 31%. The announced investment includes $750 million for charging infrastructure and related services.