Nearly 30 companies and organizations in Michigan have announced the formation of Clean Fuels Michigan. The nonprofit says it aims to advance policies for alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs), such as electric, natural gas, propane and hydrogen fuel cell models; advise policymakers; and help commercialization efforts.
According to the group, Michigan's automotive industry supports more than 513,000 jobs and provides nearly $36 billion in annual earnings. However, the organization says dynamic forces are rapidly changing the future of mobility, and although many states have various policies to promote AFVs, Michigan does not.
‘Michigan must act quickly so that it can capitalize on the developing marketplace and ultimately improve Michigan's overall economic competitiveness,’ says Chris Milani, principal of the Rustbelt Group. ‘There needs to be a favorable policy climate so that Michigan can stay in the game and attract talent and position itself as the innovation leader for clean fuel technology.”
Eric Clinton, manager of NGV business development at DTE Energy, adds, ‘Our members collectively believe in economic opportunities that stem from developing this technology and markets in Michigan.”
Additional information about Clean Fuels Michigan may be found here.