MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – Superior Watershed Partnership in cooperation with the Innovate Marquette SmartZone, DDA, and the City of Marquette recently received $168,405 in E.G.L.E. grant funds through its “Charge up Michigan” program for two DC, or “Direct Current” chargers in Marquette.
Construction for the stations is expected to begin in the spring of 2024, providing users with a maximum power output of 62.5 kilowatts and can charge the average electric vehicle in approximately 30 minutes. Additionally, the partnership received around $231,100 to install three chargers in the City of Munising along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
“So it really really depends on the electric vehicle itself too, so how much power that can it actually like the maximum output I think that there will be an increasing need for this, especially for DC fast chargers,” commented Superior Watershed Partnership Special Projects Coordinator Kathleen Henry.
Henry explained that the rate of power each station can output is only going to increase, and that having a level 3 charger helps to keep UP towns in line with the evolution of the EV industry.
“Really it is helpful for people who are stopping in downtown and you can plug your car in and it’ll charge it a lot faster than let’s say a level 1 or a level 2 that you might have to plug in overnight or take 1 or 2 or 3 hours,” continued Henry.
To learn more about the “Charge Up Michigan” Program and its efforts in putting charging stations around the state, click here.