Last week, Project Kinetic, a unique collaboration between the public, private and philanthropic sectors, launched ChargeD – the city’s first network of electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers in downtown Detroit’s Beacon Park. The four ChargePoint DC fast-charger stations enables Detroit residents and visitors to fast-charge their EVs while enjoying the park and learning about the benefits of EV ownership.“The ChargeD initiative showcases the opportunities that public-private collaborations bring to our communities,” said Jeff Mason, CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. “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.”
The project, led by DTE Energy with support from the city of Detroit, MEDC/PlanetM, General Motors and Blue Energy, a Corrigan Company, places downtown Detroit on the roadmap for EV technology and infrastructure deployment while continuing to position Michigan at the forefront of future mobility solutions. Two additional chargers will be installed at Capitol Park, a public space programmed and managed by the Downtown Detroit Partnership.