City of Auburn Hills (Text Version)
Narrator: Clean Energy Coalition is working under a grant from the United States Department of Energy in collaboration with Clean Cities of Greater Lansing, NextEnergy, and over forty other project partners (Aker Wade, Ann Arbor DDA, City of Ann Arbor, City of Auburn Hills, Chrysler, City of Dearborn, City of Detroit, City of Flint, City of Grand Rapids, City of Houghton, City of Lansing, City of Warren, Clipper Creek, Consumers Energy, Coulomb Technologies, DTE, Eaton, Ecology Center, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Henry Ford Community College, Indiana Michigan Power, LBWL, LAZ Parking, Magna, Mercedes Benz, Michigan Municipal League, Michigan Public Service, Michigan Technological University, NECA, NextEnergy, Oakland County Michigan, PEP Stations, LLC, Robert Bosch, SEMCOG, SPX Service Solutions, SWMPC, UMTRI, UPPCO) to develop a statewide electric vehicle preparedness plan. It's important for these partners to be brought together early in the process to best plan for electric vehicles in Michigan. Because of its firsthand experience, the City of Auburn Hills has been instrumental in shaping the plan.
Steven Cohen, AICP, PCP, Director of Community Development, City of Auburn Hills: I think the one thing to note is that the car companies can make a great product and they are making a great product. You see a lot of new vehicles coming out on the road and to the market but this is a different type of fueling. It's not like what we're used to and government is being asked to step up, not only by the car companies but by the federal government. They're asking us to do our part and our part is two things. One, we have to plan for a network of charging stations and that's what Auburn Hills is trying to do. The other issue is education. We have to tell the story. We have to be able to tell folks why you need to have charging stations, why that network is important, why it's a governmental duty to help with that. That's what we think is really important and that's what the Clean Energy Coalition Plug-in Michigan Plan is trying to do.
Narrator: Plug-in Ready Michigan Electric Vehicle Plan will provide the necessary information and tools to planners, local officials, consumers, and private enterprise to prepare for an increase in plug-in electric vehicle use. Currently over 93% of our motorized transportation options depend on oil, yet our country only holds about 1.41% of the world's oil reserves. This puts the U.S. in a vulnerable position of relying on oil from other countries, a position that can lead to indebtedness and conflict. U.S. Department of Energy's Clean Cities Program views electric vehicles as one of the most important ways to help the United States make the transition to energy independence and a cleaner environment. Michigan is currently ranked 7th among all states in electric vehicle adoption. As Michigan prepares for electric vehicle deployment, we build upon our automotive heritage and help bring the industry into a new era of innovation.
Steven Cohen: I would say don't overthink this. It's very easy to do, very important to do. We are the automotive capital of the world. We should be leading this. We should not be second behind other communities.
Narrator: By taking a leadership position in the deployment and adoption of electric vehicles, Michigan proudly sends the message that we are ready to meet the 21st century needs of today's generation and beyond. Electric vehicles are here. Is your city ready?