Wheelers Installs GM Community-Based EV Chargers in Coloma and Medford
In 2023, Wheelers Family Auto Group became the first dealership in the nation to participate in General Motors’ new Dealer Community Charging Program. GM’s goal is to install 40,000 Level 2 EV chargers across the U.S. and Canada, with an emphasis on expanding access to charging in local communities including in underserved, rural and urban areas where EV charging access is often limited.
Wheelers has now installed two additional community chargers: one each at their dealerships in Medford and in Coloma.
“We were excited to be the first dealership in the nation to have these chargers and are now excited to expand our impact,” said Mary Jo Wheeler-Schueller, owner.
Through the Dealer Community Charging Program, GM works with its dealers to deploy Level 2 charging stations (EVSE) at key locations in the dealer’s respective communities, including workplaces, multi-unit dwellings, sports and entertainment venues and college and universities, among others. Wheelers has been working with GM to purchase 5 EV Chargers at a cost of $4,447 each ($22,235 total). These charging stations will be available to all EV customers, not just those who purchase a GM EV. Today, nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population lives within 10 miles of a GM dealership.
“It’s a great thing, a great partnership to make it happen,” added Daniel Wheeler, noting that Wheelers locations have Level 1 and Level 3 chargers that also accommodate fast charge vehicles like Hummers. “There are not a lot of chargers out there in Central Wisconsin so we’re happy to offer this service.”
The sites that were selected already have utility power. Infrastructure improvements include adding breakers, wire and conduit from the electrical panel to the EV charging equipment. In addition, concrete foundations to mount the EV charging equipment, signage, updates to meet ADA (Americans with Disabilities) requirements, and parking space painting are needed to support the installation of the EV charging equipment.