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General Motors pledges to add 3,500 new EV charging stations at company facilities

General Motors employees will soon have more access to chargers at work.

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When your CEO lays out a business model that includes mass electrification, it only makes that one of the first steps is employee buy-in to the plan via driving electrified vehicles. To help facilitate that model selection, General Motors is installing 3,500 new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at its company facilities in the U.S. and Canada. The infusion will triple the number of charging stations already provided.

"This is another step down the path to making EV ownership easier for everyone, especially for our own employees," said Mark Reuss, GM president. "Charging infrastructure is crucial to wider acceptance of EVs, and we'll continue to do everything we can to improve it, both for our employees and for all our customers. We encourage other companies to do likewise."

According to a release, "GM will prioritize charging installation sites based on employee need and will work with charging infrastructure companies to begin installing the charging locations starting in late 2020. GM employees will have access to Level 2 charging, ideal for efficiently charging EVs throughout a workday. Level 2 chargers can charge the current Chevrolet Bolt EV model up to a speed of 25 miles every hour."

General Motors has mostly bypassed the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle trend and gone straight to electric vehicles save for the Chevrolet Volt (may it rest in peace). But, the Bolt EV is alive and kicking. GMC will introduce the Hummer EV in May, a Cadillac EV is on the way, and there are undoubtedly numerous other electrified vehicles in the pipeline in the near future.

"Over 90 percent of EV owners charge either at home, at work or a combination of both," said Rick Spina, vice president of EV/AV commercialization and infrastructure. "We have new EVs from GMC for the 2022 model year and from Cadillac planned for the 2023 model year, and we want to make it as convenient as possible for our employees to enjoy the rewards of EV ownership."

GM recently announced changes to its myChevrolet app which allow for dynamic navigation and other features meant to make life with an EV easier.

GM recently accelerated its commitment to power 100 percent of global operations with renewable energy by 2040. In the U.S., 100 percent of facilities will be powered with renewable energy by 2030.

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The engine bay is decorated with images of the American flag.

Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

A new customized 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pays tribute to members of the U.S. military. Karl Kustoms, a Chevrolet Performance retailer and custom shop, recently completed the build in partnership with Bad Boy Vettes. Nearly every panel of the Corvette has been modified to honor a military branch. Even the underside of the hood and engine bay have been artistically sprayed.

"It is a privilege to take on a custom project like this and use our skills to honor our nation's military," Clint Quesinberry, Digital Marketing Specialist. "This Memorial Day, we are proud to recognize those who served."

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette The model started its life as a 2016 Chevy Corvette.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

Unique features include detailed lettering of the words "Honor, Duty, Country", three words given an important place in military history after they were uttered by General Douglas MacArthur in 1962 at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point as part of his farewell address. There's also imagery of a U.S. Army helicopter firing at a Russian helicopter, a serviceman with a German Shepard, the U.S.S. Iowa battleship, and Arlington Cemetery stones with Medal of Honor recipients from each major conflict.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Military imagery features throughout the body work.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

The car was created as a full-time show car and is currently on display at the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. It will remain there through the end of 2021 before traveling throughout the country at a variety of car events throughout 2022.

The customized Corvette is also a contender for the 2021 International Show Car Association (ISCA) Car of the Year.

Karl Kustons US military 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Imagery is featured on the body and under the hood.Photo courtesy of Karl Kustoms

"We did what we could to take this thing over the top," said Ed Birmingham, Karl Kustoms Painter. "I sat there for hours doing the detail work. I spent more time than I would normally spend on a hood, but it all paid off."

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A new sports car will be revealed by Toyota on June 2.

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Toyota has released a fresh teaser image for a new sports car it plans to unveil on June 2. The car is the 2022 Toyota GR 86, a sports coupe that had its global debut in April. The image features a red-bodied model with a sharp headlight, an image that looks pulled from other photos we've already seen of the GR 86.

Despite sharing the same platform and being designed as part of a joint effort between the two companies, the GR 86 and 2022 Subaru BRZ have been designed to appeal to different customers. For its part, Toyota says that the GR 86 is "specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order". Not that the Subaru isn't.

The two cars have almost the same dimensions as their predecessors and weight just 2,800 pounds. Its body features aluminum roof panels and fenders. The front seats and mufflers have be redesigned for weight loss. Body rigidity has increased in the new model, which aids in stability on the road, as does the car's MacPherson suspension up front and double-wishbone rear suspension.

2022 Toyota GR 86

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The front-engine, rear-wheel drive car shares an engine with the BRZ as well. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant is an upgrade from the 2.0-liter of old. The engine is capable of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (figures that mirror the Subaru). Its power cuts acceleration off the line to 60 mph down to 6.3 seconds from 7.4 seconds.

Buyers in Japan get their pick of a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. On June 2 we'll find out if U.S. buyers get the same options.

The interior of the BRZ and GR 86 are nearly identical. The biggest change is Toyota's infotainment screen and a 7-inch TFT driver information screen that features a unique GR 86 opening sequence. Photos from the two companies show that Toyota offers orange or red carpeting in their car while Subaru sticks to black.

All GR 86 and BRZ cars come standard with Subar's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The system is a suite of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and pre-collision braking and throttle management.

Stay tuned for more information when the car is revealed.

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