Blink Charging awarded grant funds to deploy DC fast chargers by Michigan EGLE-Press Release
Blink Charging, a leading owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, said today that it has been awarded a grant from Michigan Consumers Energy as well as additional funding from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) for the installation of DC fast-charging stations throughout the state of Michigan.
A total of six DC fast chargers were deployed at two separate locations in Traverse City and Clare, Michigan, United States.
These grants are part of the State of Michigan’s major endeavor to build a strategic, accessible network of EV chargers for its residents and visitors and are supported by the “Power MI Drive” program and EGLE of Michigan Consumer Energy. The EGLE grant is funded as part of the Emission Settlement and is provided to the Michigan taxpayer at no cost via the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund.
“We are thrilled to have been awarded these grant funds from Michigan Consumers Energy and EGLE and to continue to grow our footprint of EV chargers in the state,” said Brendan Jones, President of Blink Charging. “Minimizing barriers to EV charging is critical to increasing consumer adoption of EVs, and these new fast-charging locations provide residents and visitors the confidence in Michigan’s charging infrastructure needed to help drive the electric mobility transformation.”
There are two strategic locations in Traverse City and Clare, Michigan, where the chargers are evenly divided, with grant award locations featuring agreements between Blink and consumer brands that will serve as site host partners. In Traverse City, for example, Blink installed three DC fast chargers at a Burger King along Route 31, catering to the many visitors who visit the popular tourist region. In Clare, Blink deployed three DC fast chargers at Witbeck’s Family Foods off of State Route 127, providing easy dwell-charging access to residents and supporting efforts to turn Route 127 into a robust charging corridor.
Blink’s footprint in the state is further increased by the Michigan grant. In collaboration with the Traverse City Power & Light and partly supported through a grant by EGLE, the company lately has announced the deployment of 27 charging stations at six locations throughout Traverse City.