LANSING – The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) yesterday held the first of five stakeholder meetings to advance electric vehicle charging infrastructure and address other future challenges facing the expansion of electric vehicles in Michigan. The meetings aim to establish a cohesive strategy to electrify Michigan’s transportation system and make Michigan a leader in advanced transportation.
“Governor Snyder and other state leaders have said Michigan should be a hub for mobility, but that won’t happen unless we start planning for the future of transportation, which means autonomous and electric vehicles,” said Liesl Clark president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. “We look forward to developing a successful electric vehicle framework that includes strong investments in charging infrastructure and consumer education.”
Among those leading the planning effort are utility companies DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, automobile manufacturers, advanced energy companies, environmental advocates and other interested stakeholders.
“Michigan’s history as the auto capital of the world positions our state to be a leader in the emerging advanced mobility industry, which includes autonomous vehicles and connected vehicle technology,” said Clark. “Creating a coordinated and collaborative strategy is an essential step for the success of vehicle electrification in Michigan, which is why we are convening stakeholder meetings with a broad range of organizations, businesses and regulators.”
The remaining four meetings will take place over the next five months. For those interested in participating in any upcoming meetings, or for the meeting schedule, please contact Liesl Clark at firstname.lastname@example.org.