Building a Plug-in Community in Michigan

Denise McGeen chronicles efforts across Michigan to prepare for the widespread deployment of electric-drive vehicles.

Published: 17-Aug-2012

In 2008, when President Obama first announced his ambitious goal to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015, Michigan took action. Building on its automotive heritage, the state has fostered a leading industry cluster of researchers, developers, manufacturers, and educational institutions that are all committed to advancing plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) technology. As models enter the market in the coming years, advocates anticipate that Michigan consumers will adopt PEVs as clean and convenient modes of transportation faster than most other states.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has made it a priority that, as the reality of PEV ownership takes shape, an accessible network of electric vehicle charging stations, dedicated utility rates and capacity, and standardized municipal policies are established to accommodate the unique vehicles.

Last year, as part of its Clean Cities initiative, the DOE awarded Michigan and 15 other states grants to support community planning for PEVs and their charging infrastructure. Ann Arbor-based Clean Energy Coalition (CEC) is administering the project in Michigan. They have partnered with Next Energy, Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities and over 40 other stakeholders statewide, including municipalities and utility companies to develop the Plug-In Ready Michigan Plan.

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