Michigan pushes electric future as some drivers break down

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) — Justine Johnson is leading the effort toward an electric future in Michigan.

“We remain focused on building a mobility ecosystem in Michigan focused on clean energy,” said Johnson, chief mobility officer for Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification.

It’s working to get more electric cars on the road. Her team focuses on infrastructure, manpower to support this, and policies.

In order to keep electric cars running, there is a goal to put in place 100,000 chargers by 2030 to support two million electric cars.

There is also a plan to create a Lake Michigan EV circuit with charging infrastructure every 50 miles.

The federal government is helping expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure in Michigan, at a cost of $110 million.

But will these efforts made by the state affect electric car sales? New information shows that electric vehicle growth is slowing for some auto companies.

Ford’s electric vehicle unit announced that losses rose in the first quarter of 2024 to $1.3 billion. GM expects its electric vehicle business to become profitable later this year. Stellantis said its European electric vehicle business was profitable last year. Tesla, the world’s largest electric car maker, reported its first year-over-year sales decline since the pandemic.

“What types of trends has AAA noticed from drivers when it comes to interest in electric vehicles,” asked UpNorthLive’s Brendan Kenny.

“We’ve definitely noticed a growth trend, where more and more people are becoming interested in purchasing an electric vehicle for their next car…two of the biggest reasons for this are the cost of gas and the environment,” Adrian said. Woodland, AAA’s public relations program advisor.

Only 25% of U.S. adults say they are “very likely” or “likely” to buy an electric vehicle the next time they are in the market for a new or used car. This is according to AAA.

“The experience of actually owning an electric vehicle alleviates one of the biggest fears of owning an electric vehicle which is range anxiety.”

Johnson sends a message to those who are skeptical about buying an electric car. She suggests getting into an electric car to experience it firsthand.

“I think a lot of people will have a completely different level of understanding and appreciation for electric vehicles. I think exposure to them is something that’s very important. As an electric vehicle owner, I know the joy I get when I get into a car that’s quiet and emissions-free is important,” Johnson said. truly”.

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