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Michigan had 18K electric vehicles in 2021; will it reach 2M by 2030?

Whitmer seeks $113M for charging equipment and subsidies

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy believes that Michigan needs to build the charging infrastructure for 2 million electric vehicles by 2030.

That is a lofty assumption, considering Michigan’s starting point.

According to U.S. Department of Energy data from 2021 — the most recent numbers available — Michigan had 17,500 EVs, out of roughly 8.7 million vehicles registered. That means EVs accounted for about 0.2% of all vehicles in Michigan.

If Michigan had the same number of vehicles in 2030 as it does today, 2 million EVs would account for roughly 22% of the vehicles in the state.

In Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2024 budget, Whitmer seeks $65 million for EV charging stations. She seeks another $48 million over two years in sales and use tax exemptions for EV purchases. That’s $113 million to accommodate and stoke demand for electric vehicles.


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