Why isn’t Michigan in this group of states promoting electric cars ?

About that eight-state coalition that has come together to boost electric car sales? Well, it’s good news for the electric vehicle and advanced battery industries, but you do have to wonder why Michigan isn’t adopting some of the same strategies.sierra club photo of EV

Green Car Reports gave an update recently on the plans the group of eight announced last fall to promote plug-in vehicles with the goal of increasing sales to three million cars by 2025. The eight states are California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

What’s in the plan?

Construction of more electric-car charging stations and hydrogen refueling stations, streamlined building codes andliability-insurance regulations to make it easier for new buildings to incorporate charging stations, and “uniform signage to indicate charging and refueling stations, as well as a uniform payment system for public charging stations,” the report noted.

“Finally, the states declared their continued commitment to monetary incentives--such as tax credits and purchase rebates--and non-monetary ones like single-occupant carpool-lane access and preferential parking for zero-emission vehicles.”

As an example of what states can do to promote electric vehicles, the New York Power Authority recently announced a four-year, $1,568,000 contract to install and manage more than 100 EV charging stations in 37 locations throughout the state.

A report on Charged said the charging network will provide payment processing, real-time monitoring, electricity usage data, demand response capabilities and tech support.

“Locations include public parking areas at transportation hubs, as well as private commercial locations for employers to provide workplace EV charging,” according to the story. “The new EV charging stations are part of the Charge New York Initiative, introduced in 2013, which aims to establish a statewide network of up to 3,000 EV charging stations over the next several years.”

So why has Michigan been slow to adopt some of the same strategies? Maybe we can ask candidates for the state legislature that question when they’re out on the campaign trail this fall.