US-127 to mid-Michigan could become a federal alternative fuel corridor — offering plenty of electric vehicle charging options — according to a list submitted by state officials for federal funding.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Tuesday Michigan has submitted seven nominations for new Alternative Fuel Corridors (AFCs), which are transportation routes that will build electric vehicle charging infrastructure using national infrastructure funds. for the state’s electric vehicles (EVs) that arrived via the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
These appointments are intended to improve the overall driving experience for Michigan residents, while creating jobs in the state and improving Michigan’s economy.
“Today’s AFC nominations will help Michigan continue to lead the future of mobility and electrification by making our roads and bridges more accessible to electric vehicles,” Governor Whitmer said.
“The corridors will complement our ongoing efforts to repair our transportation infrastructure, install electric vehicle chargers and create tens of thousands of well-paying automotive jobs. We will continue to push forward to keep the people of Michigan safe on the road, rebuild our roads and bridges, and grow our economy.
The AFCs will be implemented by the Michigan Department of Transportation, working closely with the Michigan Infrastructure Office (MIO) created by Governor Whitmer last January.
Governor created MIO to ensure resources sent to Michigan under the IIJA, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, are used effectively and efficiently to repair roads and bridges , replacing lead pipes, expanding high-speed internet, and building electric vehicle charging infrastructure.
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The seven nominees were chosen with a focus on supporting electric vehicle adoption and eliminating range anxiety, as well as Michigan’s current role in the a national and regional network of electric vehicles. Other factors considered included the economic development and job creation it would bring, as well as efforts to decarbonize Michigan’s economy.
The seven nominations are:
-US-31 (from ~Manistee north/northeast to US-131)
-US-131 (from ~ North Petoskey to the Mackinac Bridge)
-US-2 (from Mackinac Bridge west to WI)
-US-127 (South Roscommon to Jackson)
-I-275 (from I-696 south to I-75)
-I-696 (from I-94 in Macomb Co. west to I-275)
-Extension of the current I-94 AFC (from Detroit to the Blue Water Bridge)
“We are excited to do our part to make Michigan’s roads more EV-friendly as increased adoption of electric vehicles becomes more widespread,” said Zachary Kolodin, Chief Infrastructure Officer and Michigan Manager. Office infrastructure.
“It’s a critical part of our future, and these nominations that have been submitted for the new AFCs are just another step we’re taking to ensure Michigan remains at the forefront of the mobility industry. “
“MDOT is eager to take this next step to not only repair the roads, but also make them more accessible to the growing market for electric vehicles,” said state director of transportation Paul C. Ajegba.
“MDOT fully supports the Governor’s ongoing efforts to make Michigan a leader in electric and connected mobility. Not only will this grow and improve Michigan’s economy, but it will also improve safety, which is always our primary concern.
Michigan has submitted corridors through the Alternative Fuel Corridor process five of the past six years and has already successfully designated portions of I-94, I-96, I-69, ‘I-75 and US-131. These designations included segments that were either “on hold” – meaning there was potential for more refueling/charging infrastructure – or “ready”, meaning the minimum number of services required was already present along the corridor. There are also designations along these corridors for LPG and other non-traditional fuels.