In the 2011 State of the Union address, President Obama reiterated his desire for the United States to “become the first country to have a million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.”
Given that Michigan is the car manufacturing capital of the United States and a substantial portion of the state’s economy is centered on the automotive industry, an increase in demand for plug-in electric vehicles will have a widespread impact on the Michigan economy and environment.
With a $500k grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, Clean Energy Coalition is currently creating a statewide plan for Michigan that will support community readiness and planning for plug-in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. The plan will bring together over 40 diverse partners including members of the Michigan Public Service Commission-convened PEV Taskforce, NextEnergy, Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities, and multiple test cities throughout Michigan.
The final plan, which is anticipated to be complete by March of 2012, will be adopted by champion cities that have agreed to implement model policy and regulations. All of these efforts will work in tandem with education and outreach to provide Michigan consumers with the confidence, convenience, and clarity necessary to transition the state to PEVs.
Source: Clean Energy Coalition