EV drivers will have an easier time on some Michigan freeways if the federal government gives the green light to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal.
Whitmer announced Tuesday that she has submitted to federal agencies a list of seven U.S. highway and interstate routes — a mix of rural, urban and suburban Michigan routes — to become “alternative fuel corridors,” routes that Funding for electric vehicle charging projects.
The governor’s office says the seven routes were selected considering factors including addressing range fears, economic development, job creation and decarbonizing Michigan’s economy. They are:
- US 31 (from Manistee North/Northeast to US-131)
- US 131 (from Petoskey north to Mackinac Bridge)
- US 2 (from Mackinac Bridge West to Wisconsin)
- US 127 (from Roscommon south to Jackson)
- I-275 (from I-696 south to I-75)
- I-696 (from I-94 in Macomb County West to I-275)
- Extension of the current I-94 AFC (from Detroit to the Blue Water Bridge)
“Today’s AFC nominations will help Michigan continue to lead the future of mobility and electrification by making our roads and bridges more accessible for electric vehicles,” Whitmer said in a statement. “The corridors will complement our ongoing efforts to repair our transportation infrastructure, install electric vehicle chargers and create tens of thousands of high-paying automotive jobs.”
Michigan has submitted AFC nominations five of the last six years, and portions of I-94, I-96, I-69, I-75 and US 131 have been successfully named. In addition to charging electric vehicles, alternative fuels such as LPG will be supported by the investments. Click here for a map of current routes.
The funds come from the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Employment Act that President Joe Biden signed into law in November. The Michigan Department of Transportation and the state infrastructure agency Whitmer founded will implement the projects if approved.
“MDOT fully supports the Governor’s continued push to make Michigan the leader in electric and connected mobility,” MDOT Director Paul Ajegba said in a statement. “Not only will this expand and improve Michigan’s economy, but it will also improve safety, which is always our primary concern.”
Whitmer’s office noted that the AFC nominations are part of Michigan’s involvement in REV Midwest, a contract for all of the Great Lakes Midwestern states except Ohio to work together on a multi-state electric vehicle charging network.
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