With recent investments from the Big Three automakers, Michigan is set to lead the country in the development of electric vehicles (EVs). By some estimates, up to 36 percent of the vehicles on Michigan roads will be EVs by 2030.
To help accelerate EV development, local energy providers Consumers Energy and DTE Energy are each working on increasing the EV charging infrastructure throughout our state. These investments are just as critical as the ones being made in developing EVs—after all, without a comprehensive charging infrastructure as well as consumer awareness, deployment and adoption of these clean energy vehicles will advance at a snail’s pace.
DTE Energy’s plan to support the increasing demand for EVs and ensure their benefits reach as many Michiganders as possible is already underway. Known as Charging Forward, the three-year program represents a $13 million investment to support the deployment of EV charging stations throughout Southeast Michigan. The goals of this program are three-fold:
DTE Energy is also working to “establish engineering standards for charging station installation” while increasing consumer outreach and education. Charging station pilot programs in Detroit and Ann Arbor, planned for this year, are also empowering the local energy provider to move this clean energy technology forward.
Meanwhile, Consumers Energy is moving forward with an EV charging plan of its own called PowerMIDrive. Also unfolding over a three-year period, the PowerMI Drive plan includes a $10 million investment and will result in the addition of more than 3,000 residential charging stations statewide.
The program also “includes new electric charging rates for nighttime hours, rebates to residential and business owners for a variety of chargers and a customer education effort.” In addition to the residential charging stations, PowerMIDrive is expected to provide rebates to commercial EV chargers at grocery stores, gas stations, and workplaces as well as 24 fast-charger systems throughout the Consumers Energy service area.
Pedal to the Metal
It’s estimated that adoption of EVs can result in a reduction of carbon emissions by 45-60 percent today, and another 10 percent more by 2030 as energy generation overall becomes cleaner.
Ramping up development of EVs and EV charging stations will work in tandem with the commitment by local energy providers to reduce carbon emissions by 80 percent. Taken together with these efforts, EV deployment and infrastructure upgrades will help keep Michigan on track to a cleaner energy future.
In the race to advance EV deployment, everyone’s a winner.