GM converts garage into an At-Home convenience store
September 13, 2022 | 11:42 am CDT

Many owners of electric vehicles like the Chevy Bolt EV rarely need to visit a gas station, and while this is seen as a positive for many environmentally-friendly motorists, some are left yearning for the days when they had an excuse to stop into the mini-mart and grab a sugary soda, a bagChevy-Bolt-Garage of chips or a candy bar.

That was the predicament that Denver resident and first-generation Chevy Bolt EV owner Pamela Talley found herself in. The automaker says that after years of owning an EV, Talley “realized she was missing out on her favorite gas station impulse buys,” since she charges her car at home and skips going to the gas station altogether.

To remedy this issue, Chevy collaborated with celebrity designer and builder Wendell Holland to transform Talley’s garage into an at-home convenience store replete with favorites like a frozen drink machine, hot dog warmer, beef jerky buffet, chips, candy, a drink fridge and more. To support and organize these items, the garage was replete with Hampton Bay cabinetry.

“I’ve seen firsthand how homeowners are evolving their space to fit the EV lifestyle, so collaborating with Chevy on this garage transformation was a seamless fit,” Holland said of the project. “To create the ultimate garage space for Pamela, we incorporated inspiration from beloved gas station snacks and transformed the space into a modern oasis for EV living.”

Buyers of a 2022 or 2023 model year Chevy Bolt EV or Bolt EUV are entitled to the complimentary installation of a Level 2 charging outlet at their home thanks to a collaboration between GM and charging infrastructure company Qmerit. A charger installed in a garage or on the side of a house will enable most Chevy Bolt EV or Bolt EUV owners to complete the majority of their charging at home, keeping them away from gas stations and convenience stores throughout their day-to-day.

Steve Majoros, vice president of Chevrolet Marketing, says one of the “best features of living with an EV is charging, or ‘refueling,’ at home.”

“We want to provide Chevy customers the seamless ability to enjoy charging at home as we bring more electric vehicles to market,” Majoros said. “This garage makeover is one example of the creative ways EV drivers can enjoy what they miss by skipping the gas station.”

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