Officials from the U.S. and Canada recently announced plans to build a new EV charging corridor that will stretch 900 miles between Kalamazoo in Michigan to Quebec City in Quebec, Canada. The EV charging corridor is the first of its kind between the U.S. and Canada, and will include electric vehicle charging stations placed every 50 miles. A timeline for construction of the new corridor was not revealed.
The announcement was made Tuesday at the Port of Detroit, located along the Detroit River near the U.S.-Canadian border. The announcement was attended by Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra.
“I think it’s fitting that this first U.S.-Canada EV corridor runs through both Detroit and Windsor, two of the world’s great auto manufacturing centers,” Secretary Buttigieg said during the announcement. Governor Whitmer added that the new EV corridor will provide “abundant charging options.”
Last year, plans were announced to build an EV charging circuit running 1,100 miles along the coast of Lake Michigan. The new circuit will incorporate existing EV charging infrastructure and serve popular tourist areas and attractions, including lighthouses, parks, and local businesses. Funding for the new charging infrastructure will be sourced from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy Program, with initial costs billed at $1.25 million.
Meanwhile, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed into law by President Biden in 2021, includes $7.5 billion in federal funding to support the creation of a national network of new EV chargers, with 500,000 new charging stations set to be built.
“With the resources headed our way from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the bold investments Michigan automakers are making right here in Michigan, we will build and lead the future of mobility,” Governor Whitmer said during announcement of the U.S-Canada EV corridor.