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Voltpost Secures $100K Grant to Deploy Lamppost Chargers in Detroit and Across Michigan

State funding from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform will deploy Voltpost chargers across public and private locations

Voltpost, the lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging company, today announced it has been awarded $100,000 from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform (MMFP), administered by the State of Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME). The funding from the MMFP will be used to deploy 10 Voltpost chargers on lampposts curbside and in parking lots across Michigan, including the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Voltpost’s lamppost charging platform significantly reduces the cost, timing and footprint of EV chargers by retrofitting existing infrastructure and removing costly construction and trenching barriers typically tied to EV charging installation. With Voltpost, municipalities will be able to generate new revenue streams, improve city planning with new infrastructure data, and accelerate decarbonization by spurring EV adoption. Convenient public EV charging access on city streets and in parking lots will reduce range anxiety for EV drivers and advance Michigan’s goal to build a reliable, convenient and accessible statewide network of 100,000 EV chargers by 2030.

“We are pioneering the next generation of innovative, American EV charging solutions in the automotive capital of the world—Michigan,” said Jeff Prosserman, Co-Founder and CEO of Voltpost. “MMFP’s funding serves as the latest validation of the Voltpost charging platform’s ability to decarbonize mobility by democratizing charger access, in mobility-driven Michigan, and across the United States.”

This is the second grant that the company has received from the MMFP. Making headway in Michigan since 2022, Voltpost was awarded a $65,000 grant from the MMFP for the deployment of the company’s retrofit lamppost charging platform at the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL) to simulate a curbside charging environment. Voltpost now has its demo unit up in Newlab at Michigan Central. Throughout this project, Voltpost conducted product demonstrations with Michigan drivers, OEMs, local government agencies and officials to gather useful feedback. Voltpost also participated in the Plug and Play Detroit Mobility cohort and won the Plug and Play Pitch Night event, selected down from 150 startups at the Detroit Auto Show in September 2023.

Voltpost’s work in Michigan aligns closely with the City of Detroit's focus on Level 2 EV charging solutions for curbside charging and the goal to deploy 250 Level 2 curbside chargers on city-owned land. Voltpost is well-positioned to contribute to this initiative by swiftly deploying the company’s chargers on lampposts throughout the city. Unlike other curbside charging solutions, Voltpost can install a charger in about one hour for a fraction of the cost with no construction, trenching or extensive permitting. The ease of installation enables more EV charging in underserved communities, high-density areas and other “charging deserts,” making Voltpost the ideal solution for Detroit’s urban environments.

“We have an aggressive goal to reach 100,000 chargers in the state by 2030, and accessible, convenient, and scalable charging infrastructure is needed to meet this challenge. Embracing innovation in electric vehicle charging infrastructure is not just about advancing technology; it's about driving progress towards a sustainable future, where convenience meets environmental responsibility," said Justine Johnson, Chief Mobility Officer for the State of Michigan. "We are excited about the lasting impact innovative charging solutions such as Voltpost's lamppost charging technology can make in Michigan."

To learn more about Voltpost, please visit: https://www.voltpost.com/.

About Voltpost

Voltpost is the lamppost electric vehicle (EV) charging company decarbonizing mobility by democratizing charging access. The company retrofits lampposts into a modular and upgradable Level 2 EV charging platform powered by a mobile app. This first-of-a-kind platform in the U.S. provides people convenient and affordable charging while reducing the cost, timing and footprint of chargers. Voltpost’s charger design can be installed in minutes, right on an existing public or privately owned lamppost, providing communities with a scalable, equitable solution. Born in America. Built coast to coast. To learn more, please visit: https://www.voltpost.com/.

About the Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification

The State of Michigan's Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) is a first-of-its-kind partnership between the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Department of Labor and Opportunity, the Michigan Department of Transportation, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and the Executive Office of the Governor. OFME focuses on innovation, policy, workforce development, and infrastructure as it relates to mobility and developing public-private partnerships that support industry growth, as well as safer, more equitable and environmentally-sound transportation for all Michigan residents.

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