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DAY 22: PERRYSBURG, MI TO LIVONIA, MI

On the twenty-second day of the journey, we entered the state of Michigan. We had a wonderful meeting with our sponsor, Infineon. It was very nice to meet everyone and we thank them for the very warm welcome. We were also able to met with Congresswoman Haley Stevens of Michigan’s Eleventh district. We had an amazing discussion about EV cars and Electrify America Stations which Infineon is producing parts for the cars and the charging stations. We thank Infineon so much for the support. As we continued, we made a stop to charge the I.D. 4 at an Electrify America station. This stop had the parking spots specified for EV charging. We made it to Rochester, MI. While we were here, we visited Leoni Cable, who is a partner of Harting. They manufacture cables and connectors for charging stations. We had a nice meeting with them and we thank them for hosting us. Our next stop would be at TMD friction in Troy, MI. We met with the team and explained our project to them; they produced the rear recuperation break for our I.D. 4. We then made a short stop in Motor City. This is a nickname that Detroit had adopted due to the state’s automotive industry that provided the model for mass production of vehicles that other industries later adopted. The Detroit Tigers baseball stadium would be our next stop in downtown Detroit, the stadium displayed tigers that surrounded the I.D. 4. It was interesting to see a man playing bagpipes in the city. They were very loud and he said he had to play outside because of the sound. Telegraph Road, is an almost 79mi long stretch of 8 lane road that is a part of US Highway 24. It runs through three counties in southeastern Michigan and connects several suburbs together. Near Detroit, we stopped in Dearborn, MI, The founding place of Ford Motor Company and its headquarters. We ended the day after stopping for an evening dinner at Ford’s fancy garage in Dearborn.

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