Rhombus Energy Solutions, Clean Fuels Michigan, and the Electrification Coalition hosted US Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and several Michigan state and local elected officials at the Rhombus Energy Solutions Dearborn, Michigan facility. The delegation toured the Rhombus facility, which manufactures market-leading bidirectional DC fast chargers for medium- and heavy-duty (M/HD) electric vehicles (EVs) such as public transit buses, school buses, delivery vans, and municipal vehicles. After the tour, the hosting organizations and the delegation of elected officials conducted a short press conference to discuss how American job creation and a cleaner environment are some of the critical benefits of the transportation electrification funding in the Federal Infrastructure Bill.
“We can’t wait another second to invest in American workers and the future of the auto industry,” said Rep. Dingell. “That’s why I’m committed to ensuring we have sufficient funding for electric vehicle charging infrastructure in any infrastructure package or budget reconciliation. Today’s visit to Rhombus Energy Solutions emphasizes the need to invest in electrifying the transportation sector through domestic manufacturing, which leads to keeping good-paying union jobs here at home – especially in the heart of the auto industry in Michigan.”
As the new Federal Infrastructure Bill goes into force, transportation sector electrification, and in particular M/HD vehicle electrification, will accelerate significantly. The electrification of M/HD vehicles is particularly important for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as these vehicles create nearly 40% of the transportation sector’s air pollution while only constituting roughly 5% of transportation sector vehicles.
“Rhombus Energy Solutions represents exactly the kind of jobs that investment in vehicle electrification can produce,” said Jane McCurry, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Michigan. “Electrifying medium- and heavy-duty vehicles is critical in reducing greenhouse gases and eliminating diesel heavy particulate pollution. Creating Michigan jobs at the same time doubles the value of these investments.”
At the same time, the Biden Administration is increasing the threshold and reducing or eliminating waivers to the “Buy America” Act, with the intent that the Federal Infrastructure Bill’s funds (and federal money in general) should overwhelmingly be creating jobs in the USA. For US EV OEMs and charging network operators who are utilizing federal money, knowing that Rhombus designs and manufactures chargers in the USA provides them with another source for cutting-edge DC fast chargers for electric vehicles.
“Continued investment in the electrification of transportation is critical to the American economy and our energy security,” said Ben Prochazka, Executive Director of the Electrification Coalition. “China and Europe are currently outpacing us in these investments, and we have some serious catching up to do. Companies like Rhombus are proof of the economic opportunity that awaits if we allocate our resources to maintain American competitiveness in the global automotive marketplace.”
“Rhombus is very excited to have hosted this congressional delegation at the Rhombus Dearborn facility,” said Rick Sander, CEO of Rhombus Energy Solutions. “We believe that the creation of solid, high-quality American jobs is critical to maintaining US technology superiority, and we welcome the investment in electrifying the US transportation sector that is provided by the upcoming Federal Infrastructure Bill.”
Rhombus Energy Solutions will be showcasing it’s “Made in the USA” products at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo Conference in Long Beach, Calif, in Booth 1807 during the show floor hours on Tuesday August 31st, Wednesday September 1st, and Thursday September 2nd. We will also be highlighting our products at the Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology Expo in Novi, Mich. September 14th through September 16th in Booth 810. If you wish to meet with the Rhombus team, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Rhombus Energy Solutions:
Rhombus develops and manufactures next-generation bi-directional electric vehicle charging infrastructure, high-efficiency power conversion systems and energy management system (EMS) software for vehicle-to-grid (V2G) capable electric vehicle fleet charging, energy storage and microgrid applications. The high reliability of our solutions is the result of decades of experience developing high-power systems for a variety of applications and deployment scenarios, including UL-1741-SA system-to-grid solutions. For more information, please visit http://www.RhombusEnergy.com
About Clean Fuels Michigan:
Clean Fuels Michigan is a nonpartisan nonprofit trade association dedicated to accelerating the transition to clean transportation in Michigan. Representing a coalition of leading businesses and organizations, Clean Fuels Michigan strives to make Michigan a bright, prosperous, and sustainable national leader in clean fuels. For more information, please visit cleanfuelsmichigan.org
About the Electrification Coalition:
The Electrification Coalition is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes policies and actions to facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in order to reduce the economic, public health and national security risks created by America’s dependence on oil. Learn more at http://www.electrificationcoal