Michigan expands EV charging network with AI-powered partner

Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II announced the state has expanded its partnership with Volta Charging to build out electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Volta’s PredictEV software uses machine learning to identify the optimal locations to place charging stations, based on EV adoption in those areas, demand and expected utilization. The company announced it would add at least eight more chargers at several Kroger grocery store locations, in a bid to “accelerate the delivery of affordable, equitable access to charging,” state officials said.

Earlier this year Volta was named a partner with the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and utility DTE Energy to deploy charging infrastructure. Its technology analyzes data on local mobility, demographics, commercial use and data specific to sites to provide “high-resolution answers” to questions about EV infrastructure needs.