PHOTO CAPTION: Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm at debut of original Volt concept car.

Electric Cars to Create 62,000 Michigan Jobs, Says Gov. Granholm

Michigan lost 434,700 jobs, just behind California.

Published: 16-Jul-2010

The next generation of electric cars and their batteries could create 62,000 jobs in Michigan over the next decade, which demonstrates the need for government investment in private industry, Gov. Jennifer Granholm said Wednesday.

Granholm made the prediction a day before President Barack Obama is expected to visit Michigan for the groundbreaking of a lithium-ion battery plant that received federal funding. She said such government partnerships are vital to the U.S. manufacturing industry.

"These long-term investments will be critical for Michigan's plan to move from the Rust Belt to the green belt, for us to be able to take our manufacturing center and convert it to advanced manufacturing," Granholm said during a conference call.


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The range limitations of most early electric cars will matter less in tightly packed urban areas, where the daily driving distance is likely to be much shorter than in the suburbs or rural areas.

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The E6 uses a battery pack weighing more than 400 kg (880 lb) and purportedly offers driving range of 200 miles per charge.


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