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Detroit deploys first network of electric vehicles fast chargers

Christian Fernsby |
The U.S. city of Detroit deployed its first network of electric vehicles (EVs) fast chargers to the public on Wednesday.

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The four ChargePoint DC fast charger stations, the first-of-their-kind, were launched in Beacon Park in downtown city. The project, led by DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company, with support from the City of Detroit, is a unique collaboration between the public, private and philanthropic sectors.

"We are thrilled to lead the partnership effort to bring DC fast charging to the city of Detroit and we look forward to further deployment of EV charger infrastructure, and bringing the benefits of EVs to our customers," said Camilo Serna, vice president of Corporate Strategy of DTE Energy.

The initiative furthers the City of Detroit's downtown accessibility priority of improving traffic conditions and parking offerings for Detroit residents and visitors, Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, told Xinhua.

Mason said the initiative also showcases the opportunities that public-private collaborations bring to the communities. "By coming together, we're able to successfully identify, create and deploy mobility solutions that address transportation challenges statewide, strengthening Michigan's nationwide leadership in mobility."

Two more chargers will be installed at Capitol Park, a public space programmed and managed by the Downtown Detroit Partnership.

"The project helped build a set of pilots for the City of Detroit that were informed by both Detroiters and the private sector," said Joel Howrani Heeres, director of Office of Sustainability in the City of Detroit.

"ChargeD will allow residents, employees and users to have access to fast charging technology, create an opportunity to educate the community about electric vehicles and understand what it will take to scale this program across Detroit. It also helps achieve goals concerning clean air, mobility, and the climate crisis, outlined in the recently released Detroit Sustainability Action Agenda," he said.

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