Natalie King: The King that is the Queen of Clean Energy
As the world becomes more and more reliant on technology, the demand for clean and renewable energy grows. For years, scientists and researchers have been looking into different ways to create clean energy that is efficient and sustainable. And while there have been advances in this area, there is still a lot of work to do. Dunamis Clean Energy Partners, LLC (Dunamis) is making more than a conscious effort to do the work by “lighting a path to a cleaner future.” A Detroit, Michigan-based technology, manufacturing, and engineering firm focused on energy efficiency and environmental service solutions, boasts one of many clean energy efforts; USA-made electric vehicle (EV) chargers.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Dunamis, Natalie King, is the first African American woman to manufacture America’s electric vehicle (EV) chargers through Dunamis Charge (a wholly-owned subsidiary of DCEP). Holding over 15 years of experience in the green energy industry, under her leadership, Dunamis has grown into a multi-million-dollar corporation with more than 150 employees throughout Southeastern Michigan.
Hailing from Detroit, also known as “Motor City,” Natalie is no stranger to the environmental effects of the automobile industry. A lawyer by trade, she developed a passion for the green energy space when provided an opportunity to co-found and be the vice president and general counsel of J King Solar Technologies, LLC, a solar integration firm. The firm ended operations after several years; however, Natalie’s passion did not. Wanting to continue contributing to the clean energy space, Natalie founded Dunamis in 2012.
Though Dunamis’ energy efficiency efforts began focusing on LED lighting, providing energy audits, and energy management services for commercial and industrial properties, Natalie knew that continued growth was needed in the green space.
In a previous interview, she stated, “a 2018 after-church nap gave me direction to dive into EV charging.” Taking a year to research and develop, Natalie learned electric vehicles were becoming increasingly popular due to the numerous benefits (i.e., reducing emissions and improving air quality). One of the biggest challenges she found with electric vehicles was the lack of charging stations available in homes, businesses, and public corridors.
Using this information as leverage, Natalie began engineering, designing, and prototyping by the end of 2019. Although the work had started, Natalie continued to collect data on the impact of electric vehicles and their charging abilities. She found it important to consider how electric vehicle charging would change the EV landscape and what steps Dunamis could take to ensure accessibility opportunities for all communities.
Electric vehicles have become more prevalent in the wake of higher gas prices and returning to the office post-COVID, affecting the current charging infrastructure. This is what sets Dunamis apart. Natalie has put Dunamis at the forefront by producing three electric vehicle charging options:
- a DC fast charger that can recharge a vehicle in 30 minutes and includes a screen that can be used for advertising as an additional revenue stream for operators;
- a residential model that can be mounted on a garage wall or installed in a multi-family dwelling that will recharge an EV in four-to-six hours; and
- a commercial model that could be installed in workplaces or public spaces
As electric vehicles are becoming more affordable, the demand for EV charging is increasing. Additionally, the automobile industry makes it easier for people to switch to electric vehicles to reduce their environmental footprint by offering hybrid and all-electric options. This trend makes Dunamis needed in the EV charger landscape. Natalie has stated, “Dunamis is marketing its chargers to homeowners, corporations, utilities, and local municipalities. We are excited about the opportunity to work with state agencies that will administer federal funding to roll out the EV infrastructure.” Achieving this milestone is just one way that Natalie feels she is building the Dunamis legacy – by empowering communities with access in a way no other company will provide.