Mobility Report: Making Michigan the First Fully Networked State: Legislators Propose Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Making Michigan the First Fully Networked State: Legislators Propose Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure

Late last month, Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), co-chair of the Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus, along with legislators from the House and Senate, announced a bipartisan package to support the growth of electric vehicles in Michigan and establish the first statewide charging network in the nation.

MICHauto supports the four-bill package which will establish a council of experts, allow the state to install and lease space for charging stations at state parks and rides, and provide tax incentives for small businesses and multi-unit housing to install electric vehicle charging stations.

“These bills encourage our state to create a collaborative and coordinated plan, working with private companies, small businesses, utilities and various state departments to build out the state’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure, making Michigan the first fully networked state,” McMorrow said. Read more.

Michigan Expands Its Reach for Automobile Electrification

As auto manufacturers expand the number of plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles, energy companies such as DTE Energy and CMS Energy are preparing to meet customers’ needs with rebate programs to encourage charger installation. DTE, covering most of Southeast Michigan, has embarked on a pilot initiative called “Charging Forward” while CMS Energy, handling most of the remaining lower peninsula, offers the PowerMiDrive program, which was announced at the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference. Learn more.

Detroit Moves to Collaborate with 2020 North American International Auto Show

Detroit Moves, a thought leadership conference on urban mobility solutions, announced that it will move its annual event to June 2020 to coincide with the North American International Auto Show. A partnership between MICHauto, the City of Detroit, and several local organizations, Detroit Moves brings together urban transit planners and mobility innovators to discuss next-generation technologies changing the way people move around the world. Learn more.

Jason Puscas Joins MICHauto to Support Michigan’s Automotive Policy Work

Jason Puscas, former director of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber, has joined MICHauto as the director of Government and Community Affairs. This new position is a multifaceted role supporting the automotive and mobility industry in Southeast Michigan and policy work in Lansing while also representing MICHauto in West and mid-Michigan. Puscas will be the liason in areas of policy and community development for investors. He can be reached at or 248.709.4866.


Mobility Report: MICHauto Takes Traverse City for Critical Industry Conversations at 2019 CAR MBS

MICHauto Takes Traverse City for Critical Industry Conversations at 2019 CAR MBS

Earlier this month, MICHauto gathered more than 110 automotive stakeholders, members of Michigan’s Auto Caucus, investors, and entrepreneurs for its annual MICHauto By the Bay reception ahead of the 2019 Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars (CAR MBS) in Traverse City.

At the event, MICHauto released a full study on the automotive industry’s economic contribution to Michigan. Among its key findings were the industry’s support of 712,000 jobs and the overall contribution of $225 billion to Michigan’s economy.

“The opportunity or challenge is we need more people in our industry. We need people to think of a company—whether it be Ford or BorgWarner or anybody else—as a high-tech global growth industry,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “That’s our focus right now…talent perception and driving more people into the industry.”

CAR MBS offered the MICHauto team the opportunity to connect with industry stakeholders from across the state and served as a productive platform to discuss the industry’s top issues and developments. Timely discussions on the profitability of electric vehicles, implications of tariffs on international trade, and the importance of fostering the next generation of industry talent occurred over the four days.

Listen: Sen. Mallory McMorrow on Moving the Automotive Industry Forward

Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) sat down with Driven’s Claire Charlton to discuss her role as a co-chair of the Michigan Automotive Caucus, what she’s learned as the owner of a plug-in electric vehicle, and how she’s working to blanket the state with a robust EV charging infrastructure. Listen here.

Promote Careers in Automotive and Mobility to Students with Discover Auto

As part of its talent attraction efforts, MICHauto has partnered with Project Lead The Way to identify and engage high school students within the Detroit region. Through the coordination of guided tours of automotive and mobility centers, the Discover Auto series will provide investors an opportunity to educate students on the industry, its technology, and promote the automotive and mobility industry as an innovative and viable career path. For companies interested in hosting, please contact Jenny Orletski-Dehne at

Welcome New Investor

MICHauto’s work is made possible through the investment of companies and organizations across the state. View a complete list of investors.

MICHauto Convenes Automotive Executives at #MPC19

MICHauto Hosts Annual ‘Auto on the Island,’ Unveils Study Showing Auto Industry’s $225B Contribution to Michigan

“The $225 billion in statewide economic contribution demonstrates the health of the automotive industry in Michigan while also posing opportunities for its growth and transformation,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Prior to the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Chamber’s MICHauto initiative hosted its annual Auto on the Island program. A gathering of 40 automotive CEOs kicked off the event with two sessions featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and “Autoline” host John McElroy. Automotive stakeholders discussed the challenges, opportunities, threats, and weaknesses in the industry, specific to Michigan.

The discussions on the island will influence MICHauto’s strategic agenda for the year; updates on the agenda will become available to investors in the coming months.

$225B Contribution to Michigan’s Economy
MICHauto released findings from a study demonstrating the comprehensive contribution of the automotive industry on Michigan’s economy. The study found that the automotive industry contributes a total of $225 billion to the state’s economy. Of that $225 billion, 83% is directly attributed to automotive manufacturing. Read more.

The Digital Supply Chain Evolution
The following day, MICHauto hosted more than 150 automotive industry experts and executives for the annual Automotive Roundtable to discuss the industry’s digital supply chain evolution. Read more.

Thank You Sponsors
Auto on the Island would not have been possible without presenting sponsor KPMG LLP and supporting sponsors Bank of America, Clark Hill, DENSO, GS3, Miller Canfield, Nexteer Automotive, Oakland Community College, Toyota, Warner Norcross + Judd, and Yazaki.

WATCH: Mackinac Moments On Distracted Driving, Mobility’s Future

‘Phones Down, Eyes Up’

General Motors Co.’s Steven Kiefer discussed distracted driving as a dangerous new cultural norm. He called on attendees to change their own habits and support policies that will make Michigan’s roads safer. Watch the full video.

Vision for the Future
May Mobility’s Alisyn Malek shared her vision for mobility in Michigan. With a background in automotive engineering, Malek caught the mobility bug early in her career, committing herself to developing robust, multi-modal transportation systems. Watch the full video.

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