Michigan awards $1.7 million in grants for DC fast chargers

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) has awarded $1.7 million in grants for DC fast chargers along well-traveled routes around the state.

The EGLE Charge Up Michigan Program grants will partially fund 36 EV DC fast charging stations with a total of 76 charging points. Charging stations have recently come online in Marshall, Big Rapids, Gaylord and Cadillac, and others will be operational later this year. The 24 recipients of the grants to date include municipalities, gas stations and other retail outlets, and a local airport.

Under the program, EGLE, the site owner and the local electric utility will each pay a third of the cost to install the chargers, including site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees and signage. The grants are funded by the $9.7 million allocated to Michigan from the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement.

“Michigan is known for building America’s cars, and this commitment to future mobility infrastructure continues to keep us at the forefront of needed automotive innovation,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “With partnerships like this between government and private industry, we will take actions that will have a positive and lasting environmental impact while improving transportation infrastructure.” 

Grants worth up to $70,000 per charging station location are still available. Any public or private organization with a significant presence in Michigan is eligible to apply. For further information, contact the Environmental Assistance Center at 800-662-9278 or check the Office of Climate and Energy webpage.

Source: Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy