Legislators propose first statewide electric vehicle charging network in the nation


June 26, 2019

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LANSING — Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), along with legislators from the House and Senate, today announced a bipartisan package to support the growth of electric vehicles in Michigan and establish the first statewide charging network in the nation.

The four-bill package would:

  • Create the Electric Vehicle Council within the Michigan Department of Transportation. The council, comprised of experts in energy, technology, transportation, environment, economic development and other related fields, would be tasked with developing a plan for a statewide charging infrastructure in coordination with utilities and private companies;
  • Allow the state to install or lease space for electric vehicle charging stations at state park and rides;
  • Allow the state to install or lease space for electric charging stations in state parks, generating revenue for the park system; and,
  • Provide tax incentives for small businesses and multi-unit housing to install electric vehicle charging stations.

“Michigan built the American automotive industry, but it’s an industry that’s changing more rapidly now than any other time before. No other state has the history, talent and capability to design and build the next generation of electric vehicles, but we need to have the infrastructure in place to support that development,” Sen. McMorrow said. “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.”

MICHauto, an economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, supports the legislation. “The industry is rapidly transforming; our automotive companies are integrating emerging technologies for all aspects of next-generation mobility. With a commitment to sustainability and solving global issues, Michigan’s signature industry and leaders are working together to lead the nation in bringing electric vehicles and the needed infrastructure to our state,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “I applaud Senator McMorrow for her leadership and commitment to Michigan’s competitiveness.”

Eight state senators and representatives join Sen. McMorrow in introducing the bill package.

Rep. Julie Alexander (R-Jackson), sponsor of House Bill 4788, on charging stations and tourism: “This is an opportunity to give residents and visitors what they need as they explore our state. Installing charging stations at state parks will ensure people have the infrastructure they need to get from one point to the next, support local businesses and enjoy the natural beauty and recreation opportunities across our state park system.”

Rep. Joe Bellino (R-Monroe), sponsor of House Bill 4789, on the benefit to businesses: “This electric vehicle legislation would preserve good automotive jobs as the industry continues to shift, reduce taxes on businesses and encourage those who stop to charge vehicles to put dollars back into our local economies while they wait. This bill gets it done for Michigan residents and our state as a whole.”

Sen. Erika Geiss (D-Taylor), sponsor of Senate Bill 408, on establishing charging stations to ease travel for commuters:

“Allowing charging stations to be installed at park and rides along our state’s highways will give drivers confidence that they can reach their destination no matter where they travel within our beautiful state.”

Rep. David LaGrand (D-Grand Rapids), co-sponsor of the package on supporting the growth of electric vehicles:

“As a small business owner, I know that this package of bills would not only support our state’s changing automotive industry, but also infuse dollars into our economy overall as drivers stop in communities, state parks and downtowns to charge their vehicles. This is a smart step to support Michigan jobs as the automotive industry continues to evolve, protect our environment, give residents what they need and generate additional state revenue.”

Sen. Kim LaSata (R-Bainbridge Township), sponsor of Senate Bill 407, on adding charging stations in state parks:

“As electric vehicles become more prevalent, it will be important that we have the necessary infrastructure in place at our state parks to ensure both residents and visitors alike have the ability to charge their vehicles while they enjoy Michigan’s great outdoors. This bill is both good for the economy and the environment.”

Rep. Yousef Rabhi (D-Ann Arbor), sponsor of House Bill 4787, on the installation of charging stations at park and rides: “Our automotive industry is changing and, as automakers continue to develop cars with less impact on our environment, we must also do what we can to support the jobs workers and suppliers across the state depend on. Establishing a reliable charging station infrastructure at Michigan’s park and ride locations will mean more drivers can feel confident opting for electric vehicles and automotive companies can employ more workers to develop these next generation technologies.

Rep. Tim Sneller (D-Burton), sponsor of House Bill 4786, on automotive innovation and technology: “As Michiganders, we take pride in our state’s history as a leader in automotive innovation. Electric vehicles will be a critical aspect of our transportation future, and we should continue to lead by example by embracing its continued development. The Electric Vehicle Council will play a crucial role in developing a comprehensive charging infrastructure plan and ensuring our state is prepared to support this transformative technology.”

Brinks attorney to speak on open source electric vehicle patents at The Battery Show 2014 in Novi, Mich

DETROIT– Aug. 25, 2014 – Kelly Burris, managing partner of the Detroit office of Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., will serve as a conference speaker at The Battery Show 2014, to be held Sept. 16 -18 at the Novi Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Mich. The Battery Show is intended to evaluate the latest market trends and advancements in battery technology across automotive, portable and industrial sectors as they drive development, growth and demand of advanced batteries worldwide.
Burris will present “Tesla Motors and Open Source Electric Vehicle Patents: Moving the Ball Down the Field with a ‘Hail Mary’?” on September 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the Open Tech Forum section of the exhibit hall.

“Tesla Motors continues to bring innovative and unconventional business practices to the marketplace,” Burris said. “While Tesla sites its intent to accelerate the growth of electric vehicles as the reason for releasing the company’s patent portfolio, the majority of the auto industry is wondering how to protect their interests while still aiding in the development of EVs. I look forward to discussing Tesla’s patent portfolio, the terms and conditions of the patent release and the latest developments from this bold move by Tesla CEO Elon Musk during my talk at The Battery Show.”

At Brinks, Burris is chair of the Green Technology Practice Group and focuses her practice on patent applications in the mechanical, materials science and electrical arts. She also performs intellectual property due diligence for mergers and acquisitions and manages corporate IP portfolios and policies.
Brinks will also be exhibiting at the Battery Show and can be found at booth B1662. A link to The Battery Show conference program and registration information can be found here.

Brinks Gilson & Lione
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Auburn Hills receives the 2013 Planning Excellence Best Practices award from the Michigan Association of Planning

Auburn Hills, Mich.— Sept. 18, 2013— The city of Auburn Hills is the recipient of the 2013 Planning Excellence Best Practices award from the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP/APA Michigan) for the Auburn Hills EV Ready Project. The award will be formally presented at the annual MAP/APA Michigan conference, Planning Michigan, on Oct. 2 in Kalamazoo, Mich.

The Planning Excellence Best Practices award is presented to a specific planning tool, practice, program, project or process that emphasizes results and demonstrates how innovative and forward thinking planning methods and practices help to create communities of lasting value. In particular, MAP recognized Auburn Hills for its comprehensiveness, leadership and innovation in preparing communities for alternative fuel vehicle technology.

Inception of the Auburn Hills EV Ready Project began in April 2011 when the city made a decision to prepare for the fueling needs of plug-in electric vehicle drivers and make Auburn Hills an EV friendly city. The effort was led by the Auburn Hills Planning Commission, Steve Cohen, Auburn Hills’ director of community development, and Ron Melchert, Auburn Hills’ director of the department of public works.

Auburn Hills took a broad view in considering the changes that would accompany a shift to an increased presence of electric vehicles. The result was Auburn Hills’ introduction of a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure ordinance that facilitates the installation of a city-wide network of public and private EV charging stations, a first of its kind in Michigan.

“On behalf of the city, we are pleased to be the recipient of the Best Practices award,” said Cohen. “The Auburn Hills EV Ready Project has been a true public-private partnership that can be replicated in communities throughout Michigan and the nation. Being selected by our peers to receive this award is an honor.”

According to Cohen, the ordinance encourages, but does not require, property owners to plan for and/or install EV charging stations to support future market demand.

“Because one of the greatest barriers to market adoption of EVs is the unique infrastructure needed to refuel the vehicles, the city established the ordinance in part to raise awareness about the issue and to help property owners proactively plan for EV infrastructure to avoid costly or cost prohibitive retrofits in the future,” said Cohen.

The introduction of EV charging stations represents a significant change in community and economic development, with strategically placed charging stations at homes, workplaces and retail stores, rather than the traditional, quick ‘in and out’ gas station fueling systems.

“Like the emergence of cell phones and their associated network of towers, EV charging stations will change the municipal infrastructure landscape, bringing a cultural shift that will shape how communities function in the future,” said Cohen. “As an employment hub for tens of thousands of workers who live in or commute to Auburn Hills, the city is planning for future transportation habits by establishing an EV-friendly environment now.”

Since the adoption of the city’s ordinance, Auburn Hills has installed 10 public EV charging stations to date and 23 development projects have committed to either prep their developments for, or add charging stations. In addition, the city collaborated with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to develop the Michigan sign standard for reserving parking spaces for electric vehicle charging stations. In May of 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and other EV leaders from across the nation met regarding plug-in electric vehicle readiness plans for 24 states and highlighted the Auburn Hills EV charging station sign; the DOE suggested it may become the national standard. Further, the city was named in June 2013 as a partner in the DOE’s Workplace Charging Challenge, a collaboration between the DOE and American innovators to accelerate the development and commercialization of the next generation of plug-in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure with the goal of increasing the number of American employers offering workplace charging by tenfold in the next five years.

The Michigan Association of Planning, the state chapter of the American Planning Association, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting sound community land use planning that benefits the residents of Michigan. Learn more at www.planningmi.org.

About Auburn Hills
Celebrating 30 years as a city in 2013, Auburn Hills is home to 21,000 residents and also serves as Michigan’s global business address, with 40 international corporations from 32 countries housed here, including Chrysler Group LLC and Borg Warner headquarters. Auburn Hills’ residents enjoy the amenities of city and suburban living with parks, a revitalized downtown district and a welcoming city complex with a library and community center. Additionally, the city has five colleges and universities, the award winning Palace of Auburn Hills entertainment complex and Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, one of the state’s largest destination shopping centers, providing a variety of cultural, social and educational opportunities to residents, workers and visitors. Learn more at www.auburnhills.org.