Natalie King Is Behind The World's First Black Woman-Owned EV Recharging Station
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Natalie King Is Behind The World's First Black Woman-Owned EV Recharging Station

Who knew that something as simple as a nap could lead to a groundbreaking innovative idea!

According to Forbes, Natalie King is a former attorney who wanted to get a cat nap after church. That nap led her to the vision that made her the owner of the first Black woman-owned electric vehicle recharging station (EV)!

“I woke up from that nap and there was a clear direction of the next thing you need to do is electric vehicle charging manufacturing,” said King during an interview at the Motor Bella auto show.  

And, if that isn’t a testament to God working in mysterious ways, we don’t know what is!

King’s journey to building Dunamis Charge began in 2007 when she and her ex-husband launched a solar energy firm. She revealed that when the marriage ended, so did the company. What didn’t change though was King’s love for clean energy. In 2012, she created Dunamis Clean Energy Partners, a company that worked as a trade ally for several utility companies and incentive procurement with a heavy focus on commercial and industrial customers. The company also engaged in energy auditing for various companies.

 

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Fast-forward to today, and King successfully operates three various chargers through Dunamis Charge. 

The fast charger has the capability to recharge a vehicle in 30 minutes. It also comes with a screen that allows operators to advertise to pick up an additional stream of revenue. With the residential model, users can mount it to their garage wall and expect a full charge for their electronic vehicle in four-to-six hours.

Lastly, the commercial model can be installed in parking structures. 

When it comes to marketing their products, Dunamis Charge looks to appeal to corporations, municipalities, state agencies that work to administer federal funding for EV infrastructure and utilities.

Up next for the company is continuing to build its newfound relationship with General Motors Co.’s supplier diversity department.

“Once we get our certifications and testing approved we would be considered a qualified vendor for their dealership base,” continued King. 

Dunamis is set to start production this fall at a factory in Detroit where they have hired approximately 30 assembly workers and technicians with plans to quadruple the workforce by 2025.