Almost 1,000 Dealers Have Signed Up for GM's Community Charging Program

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

Electric vehicles offer longer-range estimates and faster charging times than ever, but none of that matters if there’s nowhere to charge in the first place. General Motors hopes to improve the charging situation – at least at its dealers – in the next few years, with tens of thousands of Level 2 chargers.

GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program aims to bring charging to underserved areas with units installed at participating dealers. Almost 1,000 have signed up to receive up to 10 19.2-kW chargers, and the automaker will help connect dealers with installers.

All in, GM wants to install 40,000 chargers across the U.S. and Canada, which it says will almost double the number of public Level 2 chargers. Though they’re located behind enemy lines on dealers’ lots, the chargers won’t be locked to GM vehicles. The company said it would open the network to all EVs. GM has said customers can pay for charging through its app.

The GM program starts in January 2023 and will involve all of the company’s brands. The company says that 90 percent of Americans live within 10 miles of a GM dealership, which could be a major step toward encouraging widespread adoption. Apartment dwellers, renters, and people living in very old homes may have trouble getting a home charger or may not be able to install a charger at all, so a nearby public charger is a significant benefit. 

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on Dec 07, 2022

    Remember to change your oil every 60 days.

    • Luke42 Luke42 on Dec 08, 2022

      EV owner here. LOL, no.

      My EV has no engine maintenance schedule, because it has no engine.

      That makes things easier.

  • IH_Fever IH_Fever on Dec 08, 2022

    EV charger on a GM lot, probably with a Cummins generator to keep them running. A regular melting pot haha

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    • Formula m Formula m on Dec 08, 2022

      PPFlex you literally are championing Russian exports. Adding no alternatives, which helps how in todays circumstances? Then you give definitive negative judgement of the two primary constructive solutions known to the planet as renewable resources. The consistent attitude is assured to get your ticket punched real soon

  • CaddyDaddy CaddyDaddy on Dec 08, 2022

    I would hope the Diesel Gen. Set in the GM lot would be an 12V71. I would go over to the dealership just to listen to the Rocky Mountain Hummingbird sing at full load!

  • Spookiness Spookiness on Dec 08, 2022

    "tens of thousands of Level 2 chargers"

    That's just a dryer plug isn't it?

    • NormSV650 NormSV650 on Dec 08, 2022

      Today's electric dryers only pull a couple thousand watts for an hour or so. BEV can pull under 7,000 watts but up to 11,000-19,000 watts. The lower wattage could be for 10-12 hours.