Ouch! In this list of top 5 EV cities, why aren’t any from Michigan?
In the Built by Michigan coalition, we’re working hard to advance the manufacturing and sales of electric vehicles in Michigan in order to strengthen our economy and put our workers back to work.
So it hurts to see lists of "The Top 5 Friendly Cities in the USA for Electric Vehicles," like this one on Care2.com, and to see no Michigan cities listed.
Municipalities and utilities can do a lot to help this industry grow, including infrastructure, mainly in the form of conveniently located charging stations, but also reducing red tape for permits and inspections, and offering incentives to offset up-front costs. Many Michigan towns and cities are way ahead of the curve, even though they were left off this list.
But while we’re at it, let’s not forget that the state can play an important role, too. So why aren’t we hearing more from our leaders about how we can help grow this critical new part of our auto sector?
Governor Rick Snyder has missed several opportunities to tout EV’s and their benefit to our state’s economy and environment—including in last week’s State of the State address. "Autonomous cars" are cool and all, but EVs are rolling off Michigan assembly lines right now, adding good jobs across the state.
Here’s one way the state could help: Why not issue a challenge to Michigan municipalities to become more EV-friendly, and provide incentives in the form of increased revenue-sharing opportunities? That’s something the governor could add to his dashboard.
Until that happens, though, on behalf of the Built by Michigan coalition, we’re planning to come up with our own list of the best cities in Michigan for electric vehicles this year, and see if we can get some public attention for the good work being done right here at home. So please let us know why your hometown should be on the list.
Climate & Energy Program Director