Consumers Energy is committing to powering an additional 200 new electrical vehicles (EV) charging stations across Michigan – including 100 fast chargers – by the end of next year. This is part of Consumers Energy’s commitment to powering 1 million EVs in the communities it serves by 2030.
The expansion comes as electric vehicle sales continue to soar in the state. The number of EVs in Michigan was up 58% statewide year over year – and 71% in communities that Consumers Energy serves – as of the end of last year, according to publicly available numbers from the Michigan Secretary of State.
“Michigan was the birthplace of the automobile, and now we’re the hub of the automobile’s next generation,” says Sarah Nielsen, Consumers Energy’s executive director for EV programs. “Consumers Energy is driving Michigan’s EV transformation, powering charging stations that make it easy to drive EVs across the state and promoting affordable, convenient charging at home that gets vehicles moving every day.”
Consumers Energy has already installed over 1,500 EV chargers for homes, businesses and along roads across the Lower Peninsula. Those include 35 fast chargers that can power an EV battery in a half hour.
Consumers Energy also provides the lowest-cost options for EV owners who charge at home overnight through the Bring Your Own Charger program. The PowerMIFleet program, meanwhile, is helping over 50 Michigan employers that plan to electrify their vehicle fleets.
“Michiganders and our state’s automakers are showing they’re ready for the next generation of vehicles. Consumers Energy is putting that transformation into high gear by providing clean energy and the resources to help homeowners and businesses make the easy, affordable and clean switch to EVs,” Nielsen says.
Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.8 million of the state’s 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.