Charge Up Midwest is a partnership aimed at increasing electric vehicle deployment in the region. The partners are comprised of seven environmental and clean energy organizations in Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Minnesota, and Missouri committed to helping the Midwest reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector. Campaign partners seek to engage with a broad range of stakeholders to support actions that increase investment in electric vehicle infrastructure, create a more resilient and low-carbon grid, expand education of policymakers and other stakeholders about the benefits of electric vehicles, and otherwise accelerate the production, sales and access to electric vehicles in the region for all Midwest residents.

Key campaigns include:

  • Working with utility providers in states throughout the Midwest to invest in expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Charge Up partners are participating in workshops and technical conferences convened by state public utility commissions to educate stakeholders about the benefits of growing the EV infrastructure and the important role utilities play in that process.

  • Ensuring that funds from the $2.8 billion Volkswagen mitigation settlement trust support electrification and advance newer zero-emission technologies, including electric school buses, transit buses, and trucks. Charge Up Midwest also sent a proposal to administrators of VW’s Zero Emission Vehicle Investment Plan, highlighting the opportunities to strategically deploy charging infrastructure in a region that is primed for greater electric vehicle adoption. The combined $14 billion trust was created after the automaker was caught in an emissions-cheating scandal.

  • Playing a key role in assembling stakeholders on EV-related initiatives. Charge Up Midwest co-founded the Midcontinent Transportation Electrification Collaborative (M-TEC), which is composed of representatives from automakers, state government, electric utilities and cooperatives, charging companies, and environmental organizations. M-TEC coordinates regionally to increase EV use and has been working to develop Consensus Principles for Utility EV Program design as well as addressing potential challenges for DCFC charging along highway corridors.

  • Engaging legislators and other policymakers in discussions about the importance of getting more electric vehicles on the road with a robust charging infrastructure.

  • Pursuing media coverage to spread the word about Charge Up Midwest’s activities and amplify the message of why more EVs and a good network of charging stations will benefit Midwesterners, the economy, and the environment.

 

Charge Up Midwest Partners

The Ecology Center
Great Plains Institute
Fresh Energy
Clean Fuels Ohio
Environmental Law & Policy Center 
Natural Resources Defense Council
Sierra Club

News

News  |  July 25, 2019
Narratives of 21st-century technological development and climate leadership in the U.S. often focus on cutting-edge coastal disruptors, overlooking the middle of the country or portraying the region as a lagging follower.
News  |  May 17, 2019
We’ve worked diligently to encourage Michigan’s largest utility companies and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) to make bold EV charging infrastructure commitments.
Press Release  |  May 2, 2019
Charge Up Midwest, a coalition of electric vehicle experts and advocates, today applauded the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC) approval of DTE Energy’s Charging Forward program, Michigan’s second utility-led electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure program.
Media Mention  |  January 24, 2019
CHICAGO - For energy geeks in the Midwest, the idea of pairing the region's vast wind resources wiht electric vehicles represents a sort of grid nirvana. Doing so could help slash tailpipe emissions, which have proven a tougher dilemma than coal plant pollution.
Press Release  |  January 9, 2019
Charge Up Midwest worked closely with Consumers Energy and the MPSC as the pilot program was developed, and contributed to the proposed settlement agreement that preceded the MPSC's order.
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.