Canada and the United States announced the first electric vehicle corridor that will allow Canadian and U.S. drivers to travel across the border and charge their vehicles.
The news was announced on May 16 by the Minister of Transport Omar Alghabra and Pete Buttigieg, United States Secretary of Transportation. The corridor will run from Kalamazoo in Michigan to Québec City in Québec, and should see electric vehicle charging infrastructure installed every 80 kilometres.
“This first cross-border alternative fuel corridor will help drivers to travel across the border and charge or refuel worry-free,” said Alghabra in a statement. “It contributes to bringing us another step closer to making our air cleaner while helping people save money on traditional fuels.”
The corridor will pass along the I-94 highway in the U.S., through the tunnel in Detroit to the Canadian side of the border. In Canada, it will pass along Highway 401, through Toronto, Ont.; Highway 20 in Montréal, Qué.; and Highway 40 through Québec City, Qué.
“This corridor represents one of the busiest passenger and trade corridors between our two countries,” said Transport Canada in a news release. “It is also a hub for vehicle manufacturing and a key component of Canada’s national transportation system, connecting major cities, ports, airports, railways, and highways.”
The department added they will work to include other alternative fuel corridors in the future.