The first General Motors dealership in North America officially installed Level 2 electric vehicle chargers on Thursday morning as part of GM’s Dealer Community Charging Program.
General Motors unveiled its Dealer Community Charging Program a year ago, with plans to install up to 40,000 Level 2 Chargers in North America.
The program is an extension of its Ultium Charge 360 ecosystem, intended to expand access to electric vehicle charging, especially in “underserved, rural and urban communities” where charging options are limited.
Under the community program, GM will partner with its dealers to install Ultium-branded Level 2 charging stations in their communities, including workplaces, apartments, condos, colleges, universities and entertainment places.
Additionally, GM says it will work with “policy makers, community leaders and industry groups” to accelerate rollout, improving access to charging for those who may not have charging options. home.
GM kicked off the program by offering its electric vehicle dealers up to 10 charging stations while helping them apply for incentives and other financing options to further speed up the process.
Just under a year later, we learn that the first EV chargers have officially been installed at its first North American dealership under the program.
According to a new report from OnFocus NewsWheelers Family Auto Group in Marshfield, Wisconsin is the first dealership in the United States or Canada to install the infrastructure.
The first GM EV charger was installed this morning in Wildwood Park. Mary Jo Wheeler-Schueller, owner of the dealership, said:
It is the first in North America. Offering this will put Marshfield on the map. This is a great stop for people commuting from other areas to stop and experience our community and what Marshfield has to offer.
Co-owner Daniel Wheeler added that “there aren’t a lot of Chargers” in central Wisconsin and they have a “ton of people” commuting north, suggesting the Charger can help attract these people while giving them another option to recharge. Chargers are not exclusive to GM vehicles. Anyone EV will be able to use them.
The report adds that the dealership worked with GM to purchase five EV charging stations for $4,447 each, or $22,245 in total.
According to GM, about 90% of Americans live within 10 miles of a GM dealership, making it a good place to add EV charging options. For dealerships and communities, this can help generate additional traffic, as Nicolas Kumm, Managing Director at Marshfield Utilities explains:
Charging electric vehicles is a means of economic development. Downtown, parks and zoo businesses located near EV chargers will see an increase in foot traffic when EV owners visit these locations while their EVs are charging. Additionally, the charging opportunities will attract regional travelers across the region who may have skipped our community on their travels.
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