Clean Vehicles

The Ecology Center has been a key player in both state and federal efforts to reduce the impacts of the auto industry by advocating for policies to increase the efficiency of automobiles’ use of oil, as well as policies to encourage cleaner and lower-carbon fuels. As one example of this work, the Ecology Center spearheaded efforts to build broad-based support across the Midwest for the Energy Act of 2007, which mandated new greenhouse gas and fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks—the first overhaul of the statute in over 30 years.  

bbm signup We also see electric vehicles as a critical component needed to meet deep greenhouse gas reductions needed in the transportation sector over the long-term. That’s why we created and coordinate the Built by Michigan electric vehicle coalition, which seeks to educate policymakers and the public at-large on the benefits of electric vehicles both to the environment and to the state’s economy.

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We urge Michigan policymakers to continue their support of Michigan’s emerging electric car and advanced battery industry by enacting policies and programs that encourage the purchase and increased use of electric vehicles and help build-out electric charging infrastructure.


Photo: Electric vehicle parking in Allen Park, Michigan by Ian Muttoo via Creative Commons


January 29, 2017
Volkswagen’s emission cheating scandal has resulted in a $14.7 billion settlement with the German automaker. While most of the settlement will reimburse owners of VW diesel vehicles, $2 billion has been set-aside for vehicle infrastructure and education projects.
August 25, 2016
It's undeniable. The energy burden is larger for low income households in the United States, and transportation costs play a big role.
July 26, 2016
Did you know that on average, a hospital spends 1 to 7 million dollars annually on its food and beverage purchases? That is tremendous purchasing power. Tremendous purchasing power equates to a tremendous opportunity to make a difference.
June 29, 2016
The long awaited RTA Master Plan draft was released to the public on May 31st. The intention of the plan is to connect transit service between Washtenaw, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne counties, enabling ease of travel between the counties and connecting to existing local service.
May 24, 2016
What about the many other toxic chemicals we hear about every day entering our bodies from our environment? Medical associations and researchers agree: the benefits of breastfeeding are so vitally important that they outweigh potential risks from environmental toxics.
April 27, 2016
Many people talk about public transportation as an issue of access, mobility, safety, and economic development for people and businesses in Southeast Michigan. These issues are critical to our region, but public transportation has significant environmental advantages as well.

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