Ann Arbor’s new charging stations are ‘yet another reason for people to come enjoy downtown’

“Our city has long been engaged in making our air cleaner and making our vehicles more efficient, and now we’re taking the next step,” Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje said at a recent celebration marking the installation of 18 electric vehicle-charging stations in the city’s downtown.

“This isn’t a case of ‘build it and they will come’,” Hieftje said. “The fact of the matter is electric vehicles are coming and so we better build the infrastructure to get ready for them.”

At the celebration in the city’s Forest St. parking structure, the podium was surrounded by electric vehicles, including Chevrolet Volts, a Nissan Leaf, two motorcycles from Ann Arbor manufacturer Current, and a retrofitted Chevrolet S10 whose owner has installed an electric engine.

Charles Griffith, climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center spoke on behalf of the Built by Michigan coalition at the event, along with representatives of the city’s Downtown Development Authority and the Clean Energy Coalition.