Dingell Tours Ypsilanti Electrify America Charging Station with Ford
Dingell Helped Secure Billions for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
Ypsilanti, December 21, 2021
YPSILANTI, MI - Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) toured the Electrify America charging station in Ypsilanti, Michigan, along with representatives from Ford, to discuss the impact that the billions in funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure from the bipartisan infrastructure law will have on Michigan and the nation.
“In August, President Biden announced an ambitious goal to make half of all new vehicles sold in 2030 zero-emissions vehicles. I stood at the White House with him, automakers, auto workers, and environmentalists who came together to commit to this goal,” said Dingell. “It’s simple: If we’re going to hit this goal, we’ve got to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. The funding in the bipartisan infrastructure law is a huge first step to building this infrastructure here in Michigan, where we built the world on wheels, and across the country. I was grateful to tour the Electrify America charging station in Ypsi today, along with my friends from Ford who brought their Mach-E for us to try out. Both Electrify America and Ford understand how critical it is to invest in electric vehicle infrastructure, not only for business but to protect the environment, boost American jobs, and keep America at the forefront of innovation and technology.”
“Electrify America thanks Representative Dingell for visiting one of our Michigan ultra-fast charging stations to celebrate enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. As the largest network of public and open ultra-fast chargers in the country, Electrify America congratulates Congress and President Biden on this momentous opportunity to expand zero-emission transportation across the nation,” said Greg Crossley, Chief Financial Officer, Electrify America.
“Expanding access to EV charging is critical to creating a zero-emissions transportation future that’s good for customers, our country and our planet,” said Matt Stover, Director of Charging and Energy Services, Ford Motor Company. “Ford thanks Rep. Dingell for her unwavering leadership in Congress and support for policies that strengthen electric vehicle innovation, manufacturing, availability and infrastructure and will help create jobs. Ford is leading the EV revolution and achievement of shared climate goals, including investing more than $30 billion in electric vehicles through 2025 and increasing our overall full-year global production capacity to 600,000 EVs by 2023.”
Electrify America, the nation’s largest open, ultra-fast DC charging network, will have built 800 charging stations with more than 3,500 DC fast chargers in the United States by the end of 2021. The company is opening on average four charging stations a week since the first station opened in May 2018. To meet current and future demand, Electrify America continues to expand rapidly with plans to have more than 1,800 charging stations with 10,000 ultra-fast chargers installed or under development in the United States and Canada by 2026.
Offering the highest charging speeds available today with 150kW-350kW along with multiple cross-country routes and several north-to-south routes along the coasts and Middle America, Electrify America helps drivers feel more confident taking their EVs across town, regionally or even across the country. The Electrify America network is available to almost all electric vehicles on the road today delivering on its commitment to support increased ZEV adoption with a network that is comprehensive, technologically advanced and customer friendly.
At the event, Dingell had the opportunity to charge a Ford Mustang Mach-E. With up to an available 314 miles of range on a single charge and access to North America’s largest public charging network, the Ford Mustang Mach-E has set the pace for Ford’s electric future and was named the 2021 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year.
Dingell is a strong leader in the fight to invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure nationwide, working to secure billions for it in the bipartisan infrastructure law. Dingell has been a leader in this space to strengthen domestic manufacturing and support workers, collaborating with unions, environmentalists, and businesses. Dingell introduced the U.S.A. Electrify Forward Act and the Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing Future Act to modernize and expand programs used to build and retool auto factories in the United States so that American workers will benefit long-term and we can decarbonize the economy.