FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2022
Governor Whitmer Announcement canadian VE Charging network operator FLO Investment of $3 million, creation of 133 jobs in Oakland County
LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined Louis Tremblay, CEO of FLO, one of North America’s leading electric vehicle charging network operators and provider of smart charging solutions, announces a new electric vehicle charger manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills. The $3 million investment is FLO’s first-ever manufacturing plant in the United States and is expected to create 133 jobs in 2023, continuing Michigan’s momentum leading electric vehicle investment as the state prepares to an electric future.
“We are proud to welcome FLO to Michigan and their first-ever manufacturing facility in the United States,” said Governor Whitmer. “As we seek to grow our economy, invest in our workforce and create well-paying jobs, we know how important it is to lead the transition to electric vehicles. FLO’s presence in Oakland County builds on our tradition of automotive manufacturing with an eye toward our electrified future. This announcement is the latest in a series of recent major investments in Michigan’s economy, and I couldn’t be prouder that the world’s manufacturing leaders know Michigan is the place to be.
FLO offers 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 will receive an $800,000 Michigan Business Development Program (MBDP) grant for the project. The company plans to produce 250,000 EV chargers by 2028 for the US market and the Auburn Hills plant is expected to create a total of 730 direct, indirect and induced jobs by 2028.
“The opening of this facility in the United States marks a new chapter in FLO’s efforts to support the adoption of electric vehicles in North America,” said Louis Tremblay, President and CEO of FLO. “Our team brings over a decade of experience at all levels of the electric vehicle charging industry to the US market. From manufacture and installation to charger maintenance, we are part of the charging process every step of the way. We look forward to getting to work here in Michigan and continuing our mission to fight climate change by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles.
Governor Whitmer has launched several initiatives to advance Michigan’s electric vehicle infrastructure to attract investment from companies like FLO. These include the Michigan Revolution for Vehicle Electrification (MiREV), which works directly with employers to ensure Michigan has the programs and resources needed to fill current and future talent gaps for in-demand and emerging jobs in the mobility and electrification industry and played a key role in helping attract FLO to expand and grow in Michigan. The governor also launched the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, which works with state government, universities and private industry to improve Michigan’s mobility ecosystem.
“Michigan is a great place for electric vehicle charging companies to change the world. We offer customer proximity, a strong supply chain, a talented workforce, a commitment to innovation and aggressive programs to deploy charging infrastructure,” said Michigan State Director of Mobility Trevor Pawl. “We are honored to have FLO, one of the most exciting charging companies in the world, join our mobility and electrification industry as it expands its presence across North America.”
Today’s news builds on other recently announced initiatives to expand Michigan’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure and roll out mobility projects across the state. In May 2022, Governor Whitmer announced partnership with Adopt a Charger and electric vehicle manufacturer Rivian to install charging stations in Michigan state parks. The installation at Holland State Park kicked off the state park’s electric vehicle charging facilities in stages as part of the Lake Michigan Electric Vehicle Circuit and throughout the state. The sthe state of Michigan and the National Park Service also announced a partnership in April 2022, which aims to improve safety, sustainability and equitable access to national parks through innovative mobility technologies deployed in Michigan’s five national parks: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Isle Royale National Park, Keweenaw National Historical Park, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, and River Raisin Battlefield National Park.
Also in April 2022, Announcement by Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II Michigan will launch six new services to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, increase access to electric vehicles, and expand electric vehicle adoption in communities across the state. The six mobility companies – Chargeway, eCAMION, ElectricFish, Fleet Lab, MoGo and Volta – will receive total funding of more than $577,000 through the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to deploy mobility projects in Lansing, Traverse City, Port Austin, Allegan County, Burt Township, Monroe, Ann Arbor, Detroit and DTE Energy service territory.
These electric vehicle projects align with the Governor’s April 2022 announcement of his MI Healthy Climate Planwhich sets out a series of goals to encourage greater adoption of electric vehicles across the state.
“Electric vehicles need reliable and sustainable charging where and when they travel, which requires completely reinventing the infrastructure and ecosystem to support them,” said Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership. “It’s exciting, the future of mobility is being created in the Detroit area and the companies that want to be part of it need to be here. We are proud to partner with the MEDC to bring an innovative company like FLO to Michigan.
With a common goal of sustainability and increasing electric vehicle charging infrastructure, FLO will feel right at home in the state of Michigan.
“FLO Announcement Highlights Michigan’s Leadership in Electric Vehicle and Mobility Sector. As a Michigan team, we remain committed to winning the future of mobility and electric vehicle manufacturing here in our state,” said CEO of MEDC and President and Chairman of the Michigan Strategic Fund, Quentin Messer Jr. “We are grateful for the opportunity to welcome FLO’s newest US manufacturing facility to our state and appreciate the Legislature’s continued partnership and support for critical tools like MBDP that help us secure these critical investments. . Companies looking for innovative partners, a supportive business climate, and a dedicated workforce need look no further than here in Michigan.