Community-owned utility Light & Power has partnered with Blink Charging to install 27 charging ports as part of the Michigan city’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint.
Traverse City, Michigan, has announced deployment of 27 electric vehicle (EV) charging ports at six locations across the city.
The Traverse City Light & Power-owned chargers include three DC fast chargers (DCFC) and 12 dual-port IQ 200 Level 2 charging stations. The chargers were provided by Blink Charging, owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services.
The deployments, funded in part by a grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), are part of TCL&P’s efforts to advance its comprehensive environmental programme and reduce the city’s carbon footprint.
In May 2021, TCL&P was awarded a $173,763 grant from the Michigan EGLE for the installation of EV charging station infrastructure. The EGLE grant is funded through the Volkswagen emission settlement and comes at no cost to Michigan taxpayers.
“The state of Michigan remains committed to accelerating EV adoption among Michigan residents and addressing the impacts of climate change through advanced mobility solutions and critical charging infrastructure”
“This installation expands Michigan’s electric vehicle infrastructure at key locations, which will alleviate range anxiety in Northern Michigan and spur more sustainable travel throughout the state,” said Charlie Tyson, technology activation manager with the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification.
“The state of Michigan remains committed to accelerating EV adoption among Michigan residents and addressing the impacts of climate change through advanced mobility solutions and critical charging infrastructure.”
“We are committed to doing our part in Traverse City’s transition to electric vehicles by creating the infrastructure that will allow it to happen,” added Paul Heiberger, TCL&P board chairperson. “This is an exciting opportunity and one that is in line with our strategic goals related to environmental stewardship.”
Traverse City Light & Power is a community-owned, community-focused municipal utility that offers reliable energy at low rates in the region to more than 12,700 customers in Traverse City, and parts of East Bay, Elmwood, Garfield and Peninsula townships.
Blink Charging claims it has deployed some 30,000 charging ports across 13 countries, many of which are networked EV charging stations. The company said it has established key strategic partnerships for rolling out adoption across numerous location types, including parking facilities, multifamily residences and condos, workplace locations, universities, and airports.