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Michigan gets nearly $23 million for electric vehicles infrastructure development, Flint to get more than $1 million

Flint, Michigan – The Michigan Infrastructure Office, working together with the Michigan Department of Transportation, shared some exciting news last week. They’ve given out almost $23 million to over 40 places in Michigan. This money comes from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program. It’s a big deal because it helps more people in Michigan use electric vehicles (EVs), showing a big move towards using cleaner and more eco-friendly ways to travel.

Federal money comes from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Thanks to President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the support from Michigan’s congress members, Michigan is set to get about $110 million from the NEVI Formula Program in the next five years. This money will help set up more places to charge electric vehicles all over Michigan. They’re planning to build 41 charging stations in different parts of the state, including big cities like Detroit and Lansing, and even smaller places like Sault Ste. Marie and Benton Harbor.

National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program will give $23 million to Michigan for building EV charges, Flint to get $1 million

Zachary Kolodin, who leads the Michigan Infrastructure Office, said this program is a big step for Michigan. It shows the state is leading in using clean energy and building sustainable things we all need, like roads and bridges. By adding more EV charging spots, Michigan is making it easier for people to choose electric cars. This is good for the environment, helps create jobs, and grows the economy.

The places chosen for these projects have five years to finish them, and some might be ready by the end of this year. These new charging stations will make it easier for people in Michigan to charge their electric vehicles, leading to a future where clean energy powers our travels.

“The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is creating good-paying Michigan jobs, growing our economy, and helping to combat the climate crisis,” said U.S. Representative Dan Kildee. “By expanding electric vehicle charging stations across Michigan, we can make electric vehicles a more reliable option for consumers. My hometown of Flint put the world on wheels, and now I’m working to ensure union workers help lead the way in building electric vehicles.”

“Michigan put the world on wheels, and now we are leading the transition to electric vehicles. Thanks to this funding we secured in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we will be able to significantly build out our EV charging infrastructure across the state, helping to make EVs more practical and accessible,” said U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell.” I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress and in Michigan to invest in the research, development, and manufacturing necessary to keep our state and country at the forefront of the EV transition.”

“This announcement shows once again how the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is paying dividends for Michigan,” said U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin. “With 40 locations across the state – including five in the 7th District – set to receive nearly $23 million, this funding will help our state build out its electric vehicle infrastructure and expand charger access. We’re building the next generation of cars here in Michigan, and this new investment will help make sure Michiganders can drive those cars here at home.”

“This nearly $23 million investment under the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, enabled by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, demonstrates our unified commitment to advancing sustainable transportation across Michigan,” said U.S. Representative Shri Thanedar. “It’s a testament to our dedication to a greener future and the well-being of our communities.”

“Michigan has always been on the cutting edge of mobility, and I’m thrilled that our state has received $23 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which I helped pass through Congress, to develop new EV charging stations across the state, including in the MI-11 District,” said U.S. Representative Haley Stevens. “This is yet another example of the rubber meeting the road and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law helping usher in a clean mobility future for everyday Michiganders.”

The NEVI Formula Program adds to what Michigan is already doing to use cleaner energy, like the MI Healthy Climate Plan and Charge Up Michigan. Through these efforts and with help from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Michigan has gotten over $150 million to make its network for charging electric vehicles bigger. Now, there are more than 2,600 places to charge electric vehicles in Michigan.

MDOT’s Director, Bradley C. Wieferich, talked about how these NEVI funds will keep MDOT on its path of making travel better through new ideas. By making more places to charge electric vehicles, it’s going to be easier for people who live in Michigan and the many tourists who visit to get around.

You can see the list of places picked in the first round of the NEVI Formula Program online. For more details on how Michigan is investing in the infrastructure for electric vehicles, check out the Michigan Infrastructure Office’s website.

Flint to receive more than $1 million

The aim of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program is to make it easier for people in Michigan to use electric vehicles (EVs).

The places picked for this program have up to five years to finish their work, with some projects possibly being done within this year.

In the Flint area, two EV projects will be getting funds. Almost $680,000 is going to the Francis Energy Charging project on I-69, and over $390,000 is going to the GPM Southeast project on I-75.

Alma is set to receive over $400,000 for another GPM Southeast project, this one on US-127. Meanwhile, West Branch will get nearly $330,000 for the Red E Charging project on I-75.

For more information about Michigan’s EV infrastructure, visit michigan.gov.