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This Former Governor Has Joined ChargePoint’s Board

ChargePoint manages a network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.ChargePoint manages a network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
ChargePoint manages a network of electric vehicle charging infrastructure.Courtesy of ChargePoint

ChargePoint, the startup that has built out a national network of public charging stations as well as a mobile app, has expanded its board and added former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, two months after raising $50 million in new funding.

Granholm served two terms as governor of Michigan. She is a law professor and clean energy advocate.

“She was incredibly successful in attracting clean energy innovation, new jobs, and other investment to the state of Michigan as governor,” ChargePoint CEO Pasquale Romano said in a statement, adding that her expertise will help the company expand EV charging infrastructure nationwide.

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ChargePoint, which launched in 2007, initially focused on building out a network of public charging stations, which today exceeds 28,000 in North America. ChargePoint provides the cloud-based software so businesses can set prices as well as automate payment processing, reporting, and analytics.

The company has set its sights beyond its traditional public charging footprint. The company wants to offer a comprehensive experience to the driver, who would be able to use its charging infrastructure at home, around town, or when he or she goes out of town, Romano told Fortune during an interview in May. It’s made some headway in the past year and half, expanding into home and long-distance travel by launching several new product lines, including a charging product designed for single-family homes in 2015.

 

For the remainder of the year, the company plans to focus on pushing for policy that promotes the development of EV charging infrastructure—one area where Granholm could be particularly useful. ChargePoint says it also plans to further develop its product and expand its network to accommodate the huge number of electric vehicles that are expected to hit the road in the coming years, according to the company.

Granholm, who was the first woman to be elected governor of Michigan, focused on turning the state into a clean-energy hub and creating jobs by attracting alternative energy companies. The effort was driven largely by the global recession that impacted the state’s largest employers: the automotive industry and the supply chain that supported it. During her first term as governor, Granholm pushed through a $2 billion jobs fund that aimed to attract jobs in alternative energy and advanced manufacturing, among other fields, to help replace lost auto manufacturing jobs.