A10 always encourages our clients to build strong relationships in its home state and with its local Congressional delegation because a strong relationship where a company is headquartered can be beneficial down the road. For example, in the case of Blink Charging (Blink), a leading owner, operator, and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, working with its home state of Florida led to a $12.5 million grant.
Headquartered in Miami Beach, Florida, Blink charging has over 30,000 EV chargers deployed worldwide. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Phase 2 grants to develop a robust network of DC fast charging infrastructure across the state’s highway system. No taxpayer funds were used in the grant, as all funds from the Florida DEP award came from the Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement.
A10 worked with Blink to rally support from all corners of Florida, highlighting why a Florida-based business that employs hundreds of people in the state is the best company to bring EV infrastructure to the state. The DEP was so impressed with Blink’s plan to deploy EV chargers across the state, it awarded the company 25 sites, featuring a total of 52 DC fast chargers. In addition, 23 of the charging stations deployed will include modular battery storage and solar canopies to further support the strength of the energy grid. The chargers will be located in high-traffic areas along Florida’s major interstate highways, increasing access to EV charging for residents and travelers and strengthening the state’s resilience. In addition, this project is designed to provide fast charging opportunities across the state’s evacuation routes during natural disasters.
A10 is extremely proud to represent innovative companies transforming America’s transportation and looks forward to more EV charging projects being completed in the near future.