But increasing EV adoption will require easy access to charging stations for a wide range of consumers.
âIt is the government’s responsibility to ensure a fair deployment of charging infrastructure,â said Pawl. âWe are in this moment of a lifetime. But like in the 1950s, when highways were developed, we can leave people behind. We can actively move people very quickly if we do it wrong. “
Strengthening equity in access to electric vehicle charging will mean more public infrastructure – not only to increase the range of electric vehicles, but to increase access for people other than those who live in homes. single-family.
âIf you earn more than $ 100,000, you could own a home and you could have a place to plug your vehicle in overnight,â Dziczek said. âIf you live in a multi-unit building or park on a city street, you will be more dependent on public charging infrastructure. ”
Another infrastructure challenge in attracting mobility economy companies with resource-intensive operations like battery makers is Michigan’s slow progress in expanding its renewable energy portfolio.
âCompanies that want to find a new site to build batteries or battery components, motors or power electronics or whatever, all of their requests for proposals indicate they want cheap and 100% utilities. % renewable, âsaid Dziczek. âOur costs are less competitive, especially compared to competitors like Ontario Hydro. Our renewable energy portfolio may not be suited to the type of power consumption these businesses require. “
Burns of DTE Energy reports that DTE is already meeting the renewable needs of business customers and is recruiting more volunteer renewable customers every week.
âDTE is Michigan’s largest wind and solar power producer and we are also the state’s largest investor in renewable energy assets and infrastructure,â Burns said. âOur 50 wind and solar farms generate enough clean energy to power nearly 700,000 homes. Our MIGreenPower program is one of the top three voluntary renewable energy programs in the United States with approximately 500 customers signing up for the program each week.
DTE’s MIGreenPower initiative, in addition to the participation of 38,000 residential customers, has recruited more than 400 companies, including large organizations such as Ford, General Motors, University of Michigan, Michigan State and Zoo from Detroit.
âWe know we’ll be able to deliver the load to customers,â Burns said. âThis is just another end use of the product that we ultimately deliver on a daily basis. “
The solution, according to May Mobility’s Grooms Lee, will require focusing on the end goal – reducing carbon – through innovation and partnerships wherever they can be found.
âWe are serving as an example of how to start the movement to reduce global congestion and carbon in communities, but also how to get there by creating these very successful public-private partnerships,â said Grooms Lee. “We are operational and we are trying to keep building the momentum.”
To learn more about opportunities to be part of Michigan’s mobility ecosystem, visit www.detroitaero.org.