Michigan Grid Ready for Electric Cars

Consumers Energy representative assures that power company grid has the capacity to handle battery and electric hybrids.

Published: 16-Jan-2012

D RAPIDS — Days ahead of a public hearing in Detroit on the Obama Administration’s proposed clean car standards, Consumers Energy representatives want customers to know that their grid is ready for as many electric vehicles as automakers can throw their way.

Scott Weber, director of alternative energy solutions for the utility, told a group of environmental activists gathered for a press conference at Calder Plaza on Thursday that the company was “confident” going forward in the capacity of their system to handle electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, which, whether the market is prime or not, are going to begin rolling off assembly lines in greater numbers.

Although some analysts are saying hybrid and electric vehicles are still years from being in the mainstream, automakers are throwing billions into their production and development, in part, based on tough new fuel efficiency standards being imposed by the Obama Administration.

In July, the president announced a plan with automakers to double overall fuel economy to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, bringing major under-the-hood changes for the nation's automobiles starting in model year 2017. Cars and trucks on the road today average 27 miles per gallon.

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