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OFME | Michigan Mobility and Electrification Report Mid February 2024

Michigan Business Network
February 16, 2024 10:00 AM

ofme-230 CroppedElectreon Wireless Charging Roadway Featured in BBC

Electreon’s recently opened wireless charging roadway in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood is continuing to receive international attention. Michigan’s Chief Mobility Officer Justine Johnson recently caught up with BBC at CES in Las Vegas to discuss the project’s impact on the state’s mobility ecosystem and future EV adoption.

"As we think about transitioning from the internal combustion engine to zero emissions vehicles, we have to think about systems that allow for people to transition," said Johnson. "It is less about range anxiety and more about charging reliability – that will help consumers make informed decisions."

Michigan Launches Community and Worker Economic Transition Office

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced the launch of the Community & Worker Economic Transition Office, which aims to assist both companies and individuals in seizing economic opportunities as the state shifts towards high-tech advancements, particularly in clean energy and high-tech EV manufacturing. This new office will develop strategies and provide resources to help communities, workers, and employers navigate these changes, prioritizing collaboration with community leaders to increase awareness and access to resources for workers.

Applications Open for the Autonomous Movement Initiative

Newly launched by the Detroit Smart Parking Lab (DSPL), the Autonomous Movement Initiative offers grant funding for projects centered on autonomous vehicle movement. The initiative invites companies to deploy, test, and demonstrate their solutions at the DSPL for six months, leveraging the Lab’s resources and network. The grant covers lab fees, infrastructure support, and partial travel expenses, allowing companies to access a global audience and industry partnerships.

American Center for Mobility Lands $2.9M Grant for EV Charging Hub

The American Center for Mobility has received a $2.9 million federal grant to establish an EV charging hub to tackle reliability issues in EV charging. In partnership with industry associations and research institutes, this initiative will serve as a testing ground for different charger makes and models. The center is also expanding its focus to include hydrogen projects to diversify its offerings in response to industry demands.

Applications Open for URBAN-X Accelerator Program

URBAN-X has opened applications for its accelerator program to support founders building businesses to solve cities’ toughest challenges in areas such as transportation and mobility, the built environment, food, waste and water, and the energy grid. The immersive 20-week program offers customer development, product development, network-building, and expert guidance for startups — all in preparation for fundraising.

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MEDC Awards German EV Company $1.5M Grant to Establish Headquarters in Corktown | WDET-FM (NPR)The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to EcoG, Inc., a German EV charging technology company, to establish its North American headquarters in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. With $14 million in private investment, the project aims to create 45 high-wage jobs and position Michigan as a global leader in vehicle electrification.

Chinese LiDAR Developer RoboSense Joins MCity to Help Drive Future of Mobility | MITech NewsRoboSense, a Chinese LiDAR developer, has joined the University of Michigan's Mcity Research Center to contribute its sensors and software for transportation research. This partnership enhances data collection capabilities in Ann Arbor and supports advancements in mobility safety and sustainability.

DTE Eyes 19,000 EV Charger Rebates Over 4 Years, with Focus on Low-Income Customers and Rental Properties | Crain’s Detroit BusinessDTE Electric intends to offer rebates for over 19,000 electric vehicle chargers from 2025 to 2028, with a focus on supporting lower-income customers and expanding fast charger infrastructure. The plan, totaling $145 million, aims to accelerate EV adoption in Michigan and alleviate charging-related barriers.

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