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2020 By the Numbers: $2.1 million EV charging grants

Two charging stations partially funded by an EGLE grant have been installed in Grandville, Mich.EGLE's Energy Services has partnered with host sites and utilities to fund 94 EV charging connection points around the state — with more to come.

The $2,131,501 allocated so far by EGLE comes from the Volkswagen settlement funding earmarked to each state and is targeted to build out a strategically planned electric vehicle charging network across Michigan. The direct current fast chargers are expected to provide drivers worry-free travel and seamlessly connect with other highly traveled Midwest routes as the number of electric vehicles on the road continues to grow.

EGLE's Charge Up Michigan Program offers grants to public or private entities that cover a third of the cost of a charging station — up to $70,000 — for site preparation, installation, signage and network fees. Utilities have provided $2.8 million, host sites $2.2 million and EGLE $2.1 million for a total of $7.1 million invested so far in building out the DC fast charging network. EGLE is committed to the future of mobility through investment in infrastructure that is needed to support EVs and it has identified optimal charger locations across Michigan.

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