U.S., Canada Announce First Binational EV Corridor

The United States and Canada on Tuesday announced the first binational electric vehicle (EV) corridor between Kalamazoo, Michigan and Canada’s Quebec City that will have EV chargers every 50 miles along the 900-mile route. U.S. Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, Canada’s Minister of Transport Alghabra, Michigan Governor Whitmer and Detroit Mayor Duggan were present during the announcement ceremony.

“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,” Buttigieg said at a press conference announcing the corridor.

The corridor announced Tuesday will create “the first cross-border electric vehicle corridor of its kind,” Whitmer said. “It will allow seamless international travel between Michigan and Canada … with abundant charging options.”

When construction of the fast chargers along the corridor will start was not specified.

The announcement came amid Biden administration’s Infrastructure Law that includes $7.5 billion in federal funding to create a national network of 500,000 public EV charging stations. Michigan is expected to receive at least $110 million to build out EV charging infrastructure.

Michigan has also announced plans last year with Illinois and two other states to build a 1,100-mile long EV charging circuit along Lake Michigan. It will incorporate existing charging infrastructure with strategically located new chargers in key coastal communities with popular tourist attractions.

Buttigieg made the announcement before he is set to meet in Detroit with other ministers from 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member countries. The leaders will meet over the next 10 days to discuss “practical examples of how trade policies and cooperation on trade and investment through APEC can contribute to sustainable and inclusive trade,” according to a press release.

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