EcoG, Inc. is a subsidiary of EcoG GmbH, a Munich, Germany-based provider of electric vehicle level 3 charging technology. The company collaborates with more than 60 industrial partners globally, including the Big Three automakers, and its charging technology represents a 15 percent market share in the European Union at the end of 2022 within three years. Due to this growth, EcoG plans to establish a U.S. headquarters in the Corktown neighborhood of Detroit.
The facility, to be located in the historic Book Depository Building adjacent to Ford’s Michigan Central Innovation District, will serve as the EcoG’s North American operating base and enable the company to be at the center of the mobility ecosystem. The project is part of the company’s objective to leverage the EV fast-charging capability in North America and promote Detroit as the hub of this innovative technology.
The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $14.4 million and create 45 high-wage jobs with the support of a $1.5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant. Michigan was chosen for the project over competing sites in Georgia and Ohio due to the synergy and ease of collaboration with the mobility innovation ecosystem in Corktown.
“Right now there is unprecedented momentum behind the EV transition in the U.S.,” said EcoG CEO Joerg Heuer. “EcoG’s solutions are acting as the catalyst for manufacturers in the U.S., making it simple to introduce American-built products into the EV charging market and transforming the EV charging landscape across the country. We’re excited to contribute to this next phase from our new office in Detroit. We admire Michigan’s strong drive to transform the mobility industry and are excited to collaborate with other innovation leaders out of Michigan Central. Together we make sustainable transportation in North America a reality.”
This project builds on the state’s work to position itself as the global leader in the future of mobility and vehicle electrification and positions the company for future growth in Michigan. MEDC officials first met with EcoG leadership at SelectUSA in 2023 and since visited the company’s headquarters in Munich, Germany. In September, Governor Whitmer and MEDC CEO and Michigan Strategic Fund President and Chair Quentin Messer Jr. met with officials from EcoG at the North American International Detroit Auto Show, where Team Michigan made the case that with its attractive business climate, talented workforce, and undisputed leadership in the future of mobility and electrification, Michigan was the smart location for a global company to establish operations and create EV jobs.
“We’re thrilled to welcome this $14.4 million investment from EcoG, creating 45 high-wage jobs and securing the future of mobility and electrification right here in Michigan,” Governor Whitmer said. “Together, we are bringing critical supply chains and investments back home, proving that anyone can ‘make it’ in Michigan. Thanks to announcements like today’s by EcoG, Michigan will remain a global leader in the future of mobility and electrification.”
“Team Michigan is thrilled to be welcoming this significant investment by EcoG as Team Michigan retains its leadership in mobility innovation. This project represents the kind of investment we are putting Michigan in a position to win through its Make It in Michigan strategy,” said Quentin Messer, Jr., CEO of the MEDC and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund. “We are grateful for EcoG’s vote of confidence in our state, and we are grateful to Governor Whitmer, legislators from both parties, and local officials in the Detroit region for their continued support for our economic development tools that help make announcements like today’s possible.”
The city of Detroit has offered assistance with talent recruitment and training support through Detroit at Work, a Michigan Works! agency. Information on careers with EcoG can be found here.