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More EV charging stations are coming to Michigan

Electric vehicle charging stations stand empty at the Hilton by Hampton in Sault Ste. Marie.
Brett Dahlberg
Electric vehicle charging stations in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

The Michigan Infrastructure Office announced today that 41 cities and towns throughout Michigan, from Detroit to Sault Saint Marie, have been awarded a total of $23 million dollars to install electric vehicle charging stations.

Grayling, Mackinaw City, Traverse City, Houghton Lake, West Branch, Gaylord and Petoskey were among the locations selected to install the infrastructure.

The money is part of the first wave of funding to increase electric vehicle infrastructure in Michigan through President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which aims to repair roadway infrastructure, expand internet infrastructure, expand access to fresh water and bring neglected portions of the country up-to-date advancements.

"As Michigan continues to lead the nation in advancing clean energy and sustainable infrastructure, the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program represents a significant milestone in our state's journey towards a greener future,” said Zachary Kolodin, the director of the Michigan Infrastructure Office in a press release.

Michigan is in line receive a total of $110 million dollars over the next five years to increase the amount of car charging stations in both peninsulas. The 41 communities will have five years to complete installation of the charging stations.

"The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is creating good-paying Michigan jobs, growing our economy, and helping to combat the climate crisis,” said U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee in a written statement. “By expanding electric vehicle charging stations across Michigan, we can make electric vehicles a more reliable option for consumers."

Scott Rechlin is a newsroom intern covering northeast Lower Michigan and the eastern Upper Peninsula for WCMU.
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