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  |  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. 
Press Release  |  August 22, 2018
A new report released this week found that net benefits from greater electric vehicle use in Minnesota could exceed $30 billion state-wide by 2050
Media Mention  |  August 10, 2018
Michigan is moving ahead of other Midwest states as its two largest utilities propose a combined $20.5 million investment in electric vehicle infrastructure. A key aspect to the three-year plans from DTE Energy and Consumers Energy is incentivizing EV drivers to charge at home
Media Mention  |  July 11, 2018
Michigan's largest utility is proposing the region's most ambitious electric vehicle charging pilot program with the goal of making sure the nation's auto capital doesn't lag behind other states in EV adoption.
Charge Up Midwest welcomes DTE Energy $13 million electric vehicle pilot program.
Press Release  |  July 6, 2018
The largest electric vehicle charging infrastructure pilot in the Midwest was proposed by DTE Energy today as part of the utility's latest rate case to the Michigan Public Service Commission.
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.