Auburn Hills EV company to create network of charging stations – The Oakland Press

The Michigan Business Development Program has authorized an $800,000 grant for a producer of electric vehicle chargers building a facility in Auburn Hills.

FLO’s Auburn Hills facility, its first in Michigan, is expected to produce 250,000 electric vehicle chargers by 2028.

FLO has been in the United States since 2017, with work related to utilities, automakers, state and federal governments, and other entities.

“We are working with them and with communities to determine needs and our priorities for Charger deployments,” said Chris Thorson, FLO’s Chief Marketing Officer. “You can see our strong presence in urban centers, such as New York, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, etc., as well as more rural, underserved areas, and on key freeways.”

FLO’s Auburn Hills facility is expected to create 133 direct and indirect jobs by 2023, company officials say, with the direct workforce growing to 423 by 2026.

With projected hardware sales of $134 million in Michigan by 2028, FLO officials say they expect sales and support positions to grow to 730 direct, indirect and induced jobs in the Michigan, including some in the Midwest.

Earlier this month, FLO CEO Louis Tremblay joined Governor Gretchen Whitmer and State Representative Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) to announce a $3 million investment in the entire FLO’s first U.S. manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills.

“Not only will the FLO Auburn Hills plant help Michigan remain a leader in the automotive industry as Americans transition to electric vehicles, it will also be a huge boon to our state,” Carter said. “This plant will support hundreds of well-paying jobs and inject millions into the local economy. We are thrilled to welcome FLO to Auburn Hills.

FLO is one of North America’s leading electric vehicle charging network operators and a provider of smart charging solutions. The company’s products include smart charging solutions for single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings, as well as access to thousands of public charging stations across the country.

FLO is working with industry leaders to expand the network of electric vehicle chargers, “especially as we establish FLO’s first US facility in Michigan,” Thorson said. “However, at this time, we are not yet able to announce any details.”

Whitmer announced a partnership with Adopt a Charger and electric vehicle maker Rivian to install charging stations in Michigan state parks, with the first being installed at Holland State Park

These electric vehicle projects align with the governor’s April 2022 announcement of Whitmer’s MI Healthy Climate Plan, which includes a series of goals to encourage greater adoption of electric vehicles statewide.

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