EV Emissions

Skeptics sometimes argue that plug-in electric vehicles (EVs, for short) simply shift the emissions source from the tailpipe to the smokestacks. However, the inherent efficiency advantages of electricity over internal combustion still generally make EVs a better environmental choice, and an even better long-term solution to promote energy security, combat climate change, and improve air quality. And, unlike conventional vehicles, EVs also become greener as energy production technology for electricity continues to improve. As a result, the environmental footprint from driving an EV will continue to decline as we transition to cleaner, renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and biomass.

 

EV Policy

Electric vehicles represent an exciting mobility revolution that will move Michigan’s economy forward while enabling us to wean off foreign oil and reduce air and climate pollution in a cost-effective manner. From innovations in our electric grid to improved battery storage and the integration of connected and autonomous vehicles, the next generation of the automobile is here. With electric vehicles becoming increasingly cost-effective, practical and in- demand, Detroit’s largest automakers have rapidly accelerated plans to electrify their vehicle fleets. Now, as more than 600,000 EVs have been sold across the country to date, Michigan is among the top 10 states in electric vehicle sales and top 20 by share of the total vehicle market. State leaders have an opportunity to establish Michigan as a leader in the EV market by enacting policies that incentivize and strengthen this critical economic sector.

 

News

News  |  February 20, 2019
Last month, Detroit hosted the annual North American International Auto Show, one of the longest-running, largest, and most buzzed about auto shows on the continent. This year’s announcements provide promising signs for an environmentally-friendly transition to electric.
News  |  December 17, 2018
The loss of the Chevy Volt weighs the heaviest here in Michigan, not because the job impacts are any worse than the other vehicles slated for the dust-heap, but because the Volt represented the new GM– one that was competing in the race to design the most advanced green cars.
News  |  November 13, 2018
Electric cars are growing in popularity in the central part of the US.
News  |  October 18, 2018
the Clean Air Act requires submitted comments to be considered by the EPA before issuing a final ruling. Though The process for submitting comments can be somewhat cumbersome, it really can make a difference. Take the time to be heard today. 
News  |  August 30, 2018
The Trump administration’s new proposal to freeze fuel economy standards in 2020 is so blind to changes in the automotive industry that they may actually do more harm to automakers than help them, and potentially take billions from consumer pocket-books at the same time. 
News  |  June 27, 2018
Jackson-based utility Consumers Energy has made a new infrastructure proposal to state regulators that will tackle one of the primary obstacles to electric vehicle adoption in Michigan.