The governors of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin are joining forces in a new bipartisan plan to accelerate the electrification of vehicles in the US region.
The plan is called REV Midwest, or Regional Electric Vehicle Midwest Coalition, and aims to reduce toxic emissions while stimulating the regional economy and improving public health.
The five governors have now signed the The REV Midwest Accord, which sets out the steps states will take to coordinate their electrification efforts.
First, the participating states want to increase the number of medium and heavy electric vehicles by expanding the charging network with regulations and standardized charging operations across the region.
Given the low number of charging stations in these states (903 in Illinois, 300 in Indiana, 740 in Michigan, 542 in Minnesota and 452 in Wisconsin), the completed network promises to make life easier for current electric vehicle drivers and to inspire those who are still hesitant to make the switch due to range anxiety.
Equally important is the goal of the plan to attract private investment and additional federal funding to capture a larger share of electric vehicle production, which would also create new job opportunities.
Finally, the Governors stressed the importance of reducing harmful emissions as a means of making “all communities more sustainable, healthy and equitable places to live. […] including historically disadvantaged communities.
Some of these communities are located near major highways or freight and shipping facilities, areas where switching to electricity would reduce the negative impact of carbon emissions.
The Midwest strikes back?
While the REV Midwest deal does not disclose any specific targets for electric vehicle sales, it has the potential to boost the adoption of electric vehicles, which are rather under-represented in the region.
As of June 2021, the five states combined held a sum of 60,300 registered electric vehicles, which corresponds to a 5.92% share of total electric vehicle registrations in the United States.
Compared to the East and West Coast states, led by New York at 3.25% and California at 42%, the Midwestern coalition still has a long way to go.
So if it plans to become a serious competitor to the more dynamic states, it should also consider banning gasoline or diesel vehicles and follow the lead of California and New York.
HT – npr
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