Much of the industrial world is gradually shifting toward reducing fuel emissions through the introduction of electronic vehicles as part of the global agenda to reduce global emissions and slow the depletion of the ozone layer, which causes global warming.
As a result, electronic charging stations are being constructed to serve as “fueling” stations for these electronic vehicles. However, White men have largely dominated the construction of electronic vehicle charging stations. And the majority of Blacks who own recharge stations are men.
One Black woman is paving the way for other women who look like her to build and own electronic recharge stations in the United States. According to Forbes, Natalie King is the founder of Dunamis Charge, the first Black-woman-owned manufacturer of electric vehicle charging stations. She had the thought after taking a nap.
“I awoke from that nap with a clear direction of the next thing you need to do, which is electric vehicle charging manufacturing,” King told Forbes in an interview.
In 2007, the former attorney and her now-divorced husband founded a solar energy firm as an entrepreneurial venture. However, the company was dissolved following the breakdown of their marriage.
Her interest in clean energy arose as a result of her work with her husband’s company. This prompted her to establish Dunamis Clean Energy Partners in 2012. According to Forbes, the company initially focused on energy auditing, serving as a trade ally for multiple utility companies, and incentive procurement, primarily focusing on commercial and industrial customers.
While conducting the energy audits, King discovered that many of her clients were upgrading to LED lighting. According to Forbes, she landed a large LED deal with several Michigan health clinics, but the product was never delivered by a local manufacturer she was working with.
In 2018, she received a directive to focus on electronic vehicle charging. The direction, she claims, came to her after a nap from church.
“I woke up from [an after church] nap, and there was a clear direction of ‘the next thing you need to do is electric vehicle recharging manufacturing,’” King said. She used one year to conduct research and developed a prototype. Now, the Dunamis Charge devices are in the final stage of certification.
According to Forbes, the Dunamis Charge devices include three distinct products: a fast charger that can recharge a vehicle in 30 minutes and is equipped with a smart screen for advertising; a residential model device that can be mounted to a garage wall and charge a vehicle in four to six hours; and a commercial model that can be placed in a parking structure.
Currently, she is marketing the chargers to utilities and municipalities. The Michigan Department of Transportation and Environmental Great Lakes Energy have already expressed interest in the device. She is also in discussions with General Motors Company.
“Once our certifications and testing are approved,” King said, “we will be considered a preferred vendor for their dealership base.”
King intends to open a factory in Detroit, where she will begin work in November with about 30 employees, with the workforce expected to double by 2050.
“It means a great deal to me to be the first Black woman-owned EV charger manufacturer in the country. I am really hoping there are more to come. I want to make sure communities of colour are not marginalized and not left out of this opportunity and the multiple benefits this industry brings,” King said.