The United States and Canada have just unveiled the new Binational Electric Vehicle Corridor. The route is an 872-mile route that goes from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Quebec City, Quebec. Along the path are charging stations for electric vehicles every fifty miles.
Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Transportation Secretary, met with Omar Alghabra, the Canadian Transport Minister, the Michigan governor, the Detroit mayor, and a union member to discuss the new corridor.
At their meeting, they celebrated the work they have done together in order to expand the breadth of electric vehicles in the two neighboring countries.
Back in March, President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau met to set plans for a commitment to work together to unify the standards for charging electric vehicles. They also worked on creating unity between the two countries through the development of more international Alternative Fuel Corridors. This meeting and proposed work strengthened the world’s largest market-based energy trading relationship.
Buttigieg said “The U.S. and Canada have long enjoyed a productive partnership on transportation issues and in that spirit, we are proud to announce the first-ever U.S.-Canada EV Corridor.” He continued to explain that under the Biden-Harris administration and now with their partnership with Canada, they are creating more jobs. They hope that this will better allow drivers to “reap the benefits” while they push further in the fight against climate change.
Canada’s Transport Minister, Omar Alghabra said spoke proudly on the matter, explaining how the dynamic established between the United States and Canada is sure to help them reach towards their goals of being net-zero greenhouse gas emissions countries. He explained the Binational Electric Vehicle Corridor’s significance saying, “this first cross-border alternative fuel corridor will help drivers to travel across the border and charge or refuel worry-free.” Alghabra went on to say how he hopes this will help take the countries closer to cleaning our air while helping the people save money by spending less on traditional gasoline.
The United States, under President Biden, is currently working toward a goal of all new vehicle sales in the country being electric by 2030. Canada has already reached a good statistic, with one in ten of all of their new vehicles purchased being a zero-emission vehicle. With these numbers and the Binational Corridor, they hope to reach net-zero gas emissions as a country by 2050.