ICYMI: In Detroit, Secretary Buttigieg, Canadian Minister of Transport Alghabra, Michigan Governor Whitmer, and Detroit Mayor Duggan Announce First-Ever U.S.-Canada Electric Vehicle Corridor

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3 min readMay 18, 2023
Secretary Buttigieg delivers remarks on the new binational EV corridor

Detroit, MI — This week U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, along with Canadian Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, and IBEW Member Bill Baisden, announced the first U.S.-Canada Electric Vehicle (EV) Corridor. The new EV corridor will stretch from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Quebec City, Quebec, a 870 mile stretch that also connects to the 74,000+ miles of Alternative Fuel Corridors in the United States. This initiative supports U.S. efforts to lead the world in EV job creation, manufacturing, and supply chains. Secretary Buttigieg made the announcement while in Detroit to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

The news comes on the heels of President Biden’s visit to Canada this spring, where he joined Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to commit to work together to harmonize EV charging standards and develop cross-border EV corridors — strengthening the United States’s energy and trade relationship with our northern neighbor.

The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law includes $7.5 billion in federal funding to help build a national network of 500,000 public EV chargers. Read more about progress being made on a reliable, convenient, and Made-in-America national network of EV chargers here.

See below for select media coverage of the announcement.

What they’re saying:

Detroit Free Press: Buttigieg, Whitmer pitch EV corridor with Canada

“I think it’s fitting that this first U.S.-Canada EV corridor runs through both Detroit and Windsor, two of the world’s great auto manufacturing centers,” Buttigieg said.

Michigan Advance: In Detroit, U.S. and Canadian officials tout first electric vehicle corridor

The Detroit News: EV corridor to run nearly 900 miles from Kalamazoo to Quebec, US and Canada officials say

Toronto Star: Canada, U.S. team up on EV charging corridor from Quebec City to Kalamazoo

Windsor Star: First Canada/U.S. EV charging corridor runs through Windsor

“We know that more and more Canadians and Americans are switching from gas-powered vehicles to zero-emission,” said Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra. “One way to encourage these purchases is by letting you know that you will be able to charge your car on the road, especially when you’re travelling long distances or across the border.”

WWMT News Channel 3: State, Federal officials to announce first U.S.-Canada EV Corridor

“This corridor will carry the flow of EV traffic, trade, and manufacturing between the United States and Canada, through the Detroit’s international crossing with Windsor,” Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said.

WXYZ ABC News Detroit: US and Canadian officials announce first Binational EV Corridor in Detroit

“I do believe that electric vehicles are going to be the future, so it’s about time they make it more accessible for people,” [Dearborn Heights resident Ray] Rahal said.

CBS News Detroit: Officials announce first US-Canada EV corridor in Michigan

Crain’s Detroit Business: First binational ‘EV corridor’ stretches from Kalamazoo to Quebec

CTV News Windsor: Canada, U.S. feds announce Binational EV Corridor

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