West Michigan Strategic Alliance welcomes electric vehicles with charging stations in Crain’s Michigan Business says that Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon and other West Michigan communities are laying the groundwork to support electric & plug-in hybrid cars:
By next spring, there may be as many as 75 public charging stations located in the parking lots of businesses, colleges, hospitals and other sites scattered throughout West Michigan, all paid for by federal stimulus funds.
Never mind that there are no mass-produced electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles yet on the market. They are coming soon, and West Michigan officials said they want to make the region friendly to them.
“Rather than sit back and wait, we decided to be proactive about it,” said Greg Northrup, president of the West Michigan Strategic Alliance. “It’s another one of those issues in which we try to see where things are going and be a part of it.”
There’s more information about the effort along with how buyers of these vehicles can get free home charging stations at Crain’s Michigan and from the West Michigan Strategic Alliance. You can also learn about free charging stations for southern Michigan communities at ChargePoint America. Also check out this video from FOX-17 that explains how the backers of the program hope to drive demand for Michigan produced vehicles.