Consumers Energy is celebrating Earth Week by announcing it has now built the backbone for the still-growing fast charging network for electric vehicles across Michigan. Charging stations that allow emissions-free EVs to power up quickly are in place in 24 locations reaching 250 miles north to south.
Over the next three years, Consumers Energy plans to help 200 fast charging locations – and over 2,000 chargers at homes and businesses – start powering EVs across Michigan.
“Our country’s auto industry was born right here in Michigan. Consumers Energy is excited to charge the next generation of transportation in our home state and help Michigan lead the nation into a clean automotive future,” said Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience. “Fast charging means EV owners can power their vehicles wherever they travel across Michigan, and their options are growing by the day.”
Consumers Energy launched its PowerMIDrive program less than two years ago. Since then, it has provided over 600 rebates for home, business and public charging stations that make electric vehicle ownership convenient and affordable.
Those rebates include the 24 fast charging locations, which can fully power a vehicle’s battery in less than an hour. There were only four as recently as last summer, and another dozen should start operating in the next six months.