With production of its electric-vehicle charging stations ramping up this year at new assembly plants in Shawinigan, Que., and Auburn Hills, Mich., the Canadian charging company Flo will soon have capacity to build 75,000 EV chargers each year.
The company’s rapid expansion on both sides of the border will give it the production footprint to meet ballooning demand for charging infrastructure as the market switches to EVs, said Flo President Louis Tremblay.
“We definitely have everything [we need] to grow in North America, and the market is just starting,” he said.
Demand for EVs is so great, Tremblay said, that automakers could produce five times the number they are building today and still run short of inventory.
The exuberant shift to EVs augurs well for the charging market, with an abundance of places to plug in seen as essential to meeting aggressive EV adoption targets.
In Canada, the federal government plans to mandate that sales of all new light vehicles be zero-emission by 2035. It is backing the shift with hundreds of millions in funding for charging infrastructure. Targets in the United States are only marginally less aggressive than Canada’s, with funding for chargers to match.
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