To hasten the electric vehicle’s growth, General Motors is supporting a new initiative to boost the number of employers with workplace charging stations tenfold within five years. GM is coming together with 12 other companies (which include Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, Tesla, General Electric and Google) as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Workplace Charging Challenge.
They’re aiming to raise the number of electric charging stations that people at work can go to. GM is confident that this project will not just improve the charging infrastructure of the nation. It is also a main tool in raising awareness for EV technology.
Mike Robinson, GM vice president, Sustainability and Global Regulatory Affairs, said that since the Chevrolet Volt was introduced, the company has committed to lead by example on workplace charging and to encourage other companies to help build the infrastructure that supports the electric vehicle market.
He said that the company is prepared to meet this challenge with its 239 workplace charging spots to be used by GM workers for the charging of their personal plug-in vehicles. The DOE will be providing technical assistance as well as a network where participants can share ideas and expertise.