Michigan Announces Projects Aimed at Keeping Status as Center of Automotive Innovation

September 22, 2021

Governor Whitmer has made a series of announcements over the past two days related to electric mobility, including:

  • At Motor Bella on September 21st, the Governor announced a new initiative to deploy the nation’s first wireless in-road charging infrastructure project. The Michigan Department of Transportation will issue a request for proposals to build a one-mile stretch of road in Macomb, Oakland, or Wayne county that will charge electric buses, shuttles, and vehicles to charge as they drive on the road.
  • On September 22nd, at the Mackinac Policy Conference, the Governor announced the Lake Michigan EV Circuit. This project will allow drivers to easily road-trip up and down Lake Michigan in an electric vehicle (EV). The program allocates $1.25 million to expand Charge Up MI, though this funding will be limited to DC fast and level 2 chargers to meet the needs of tourism travel around Lake Michigan.
  • At the same time, Governor Whitmer announced the Michigan Revolution for Electrification of Vehicles Academies (MiREV) to create workforce development, training, and education platforms to ensure Michigan remains competitive.

Clean Fuels Michigan commends the State’s leadership in creating these programs. Continuing our legacy as a state creating many “firsts” in transportation is crucial to our continued economic prowess and the health and wellbeing of Michiganders. These programs are an excellent down payment on the future of the auto industry in Michigan.