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OFME | Michigan Mobility and Electrification Report Early-December 2022

Michigan Business Network
December 2, 2022 7:00 AM

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New Semiconductor Talent Action Team Formed to Help Make Michigan a Top State for Talent Solutions, Growth

Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to announce the new Semiconductor Talent Action Team, a collaborative, public/private partnership aimed at making Michigan a top state for semiconductor talent solutions and growth. 

The action team will build on the governor’s efforts to onshore critical supply chains of semiconductors back to Michigan, creating good-paying jobs, and reducing delays and shortages.

“We have one of the most skilled, diverse, and abundant workforces in the nation, and by bringing together this new Talent Action Team of our partners in private industry and academia, we can build on our strengths and develop a strategy that will grow our economy for decades to come,” said Gov. Whitmer. “The demand for domestic production of semiconductors will only grow, and Michigan is in a strong position to take full advantage of this generational opportunity.”


Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification Recommends Policy Changes, Investments to Position the State as a Transportation Leader

The Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification has released 16 policy recommendations to further the state’s efforts to remain a global mobility and EV leader. The recommendations were featured in the council’s 2022 Annual Report and are designed to help achieve the ambitious goals outlined in Governor Whitmer’s MI Future Mobility Plan, Michigan’s new strategy for maintaining global leadership in next-generation transportation through the year 2030.

Domino's Pizza Orders 855 Custom-Made Chevy Bolt EVs for U.S. Pizza Deliveries

Ann Arbor-based Domino's Pizza will have 855 custom-branded Chevrolet Bolt EVs on U.S. roadways delivering pizza by the end of 2023, including 93 in Michigan and 49 specifically in metro Detroit. When all 855 will be in service, Domino’s will have the largest electric pizza delivery fleet in the nation, helping the company attract and retain delivery drivers and achieve carbon neutrality by its 2050 target.

Newlab Offers Detroit-Based Pilot Program Opportunities for Startups

In collaboration with the City of Detroit's Office of Mobility Innovation and Michigan Central, Newlab is looking for startup companies to support the launch of several pilot programs in 2023 focused on improving pedestrian safety and sustainable fresh food delivery for Detroit residents.

This will be a unique opportunity for startups to collaborate with local partners and develop integrated solutions which will be tested, validated, and scaled in real-world environments in Detroit. Benefits to participation include:

  • Experience taking a systems-level approach to innovating with other startups and partners
  • Access to grant funding to offset some of the pilot costs
  • Support with pilot activation and project management
  • Complimentary membership to Newlab for the duration of the pilot

Applications will be accepted through Dec. 14.

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Autonomous Indy Cars Run with Central Computers from dSPACE in Wixom | DBusinessWixom-based dSPACE, one of the world’s top providers of simulation and validation solutions, has announced it is the exclusive supplier of on-vehicle computer technology for the Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC). The IAC organizes racing competitions among university-affiliated teams from around the world to program fully autonomous race cars and compete in a series of events at iconic tracks. dSPACE is providing the Autera AutoBox in-vehicle prototyping and data recording system that acts as the central computer in all vehicles, enabling fully autonomous operation of the cars on the racetrack.

Current Thinking: advancing EV charging with infrastructure funding | Eaton Currently Thinking PodcastListen as Judd Herzer of the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME), Antoine Thompson of the Greater Washington Region Clean Cities Coalition (GWRCCC), and Eaton’s Nick D’Angelo and John Vernacchia discuss the vital role vehicle electrification plays in the energy transition of states and municipalities. Discover how state and local governments are maximizing the impact of infrastructure funding and how Eaton can partner with organizations to identify sources of stimulus funding to put EV initiatives in the fast lane.

Three Midwestern States to Watch as They Navigate Equitable Rollout for EV Charging | Inside Climate NewsMinnesota, Michigan, and Illinois are uniquely positioned to begin spending federal funds to expand EV infrastructure with an eye toward environmental justice. With an influx of federal investments into electric transportation nationwide, EVs are growing dramatically in popularity.

Michigan Awards Seed Money for Mobility Innovation Projects | Government TechnologyThree companies were awarded a total of $260,000 from the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to advance technology in the areas of bridge construction, electric vehicles, and drone-operated deliveries. Grant recipients included Evenergi, Workhorse Group Inc., and HiPer Fiber.

Motor City Transit: Joe Louis Greenway taking shape | Axios DetroitA recent sneak peak at the Joe Louis Greenway near the Michigan Central train depot showed how the project aims to connect far-flung parts of the city. Once completed, the $240 million greenway project will stretch 27.5 miles, connecting 23 neighborhoods with trails like the Dequindre Cut and Detroit Riverfront.

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