Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy awards $1.7 million in grants to build EV charging stations

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Aug 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-06 14:13:33-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan is investing $1.7 million to build up the infrastructure for electric cars that travel around the state.

According to a news release from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, an Energy, the money will be used to build direct current fast chargers along well-traveled routes, making it more convenient for drivers to reach their destinations. The state has plans to develop a system of these chargersby 2030.

The EGLE Charge Up Michigan Program will partially fund 36 fast-charging stations, with a total of 76 plug-in points for cars and light utility vehicles. A number of these stations have already come online in Marshall, Big Rapid, Gaylord, and Cadillac.

The state has issued the following list of sites which have qualified for the grants:

Grantee*ChargersTotal granted
Meijer, Inc. (Ann Arbor, Muskegon, East Lansing, Grand Rapids)8$187,102.50
Folk Oil Co. (Dundee, Whitmore, Perry)6$146,845
U-Go Stations Inc. (Traverse City, Clare)4$100,000
Blarney Castle Oil & Propane (Ludington, Clare)4$99,674
J&H Oil Co. (Cadillac, Grandville)4$98,674
City of Marshall4$98,140
Walters-Dimmick Petroleum Inc. (Marshall, Big Rapids)4$94,674
Hage Automotive (Elk Rapids, Grayling, Mackinaw City)9$92,038.50
City of Rogers City2$80,000
West Huron Properties LLC (Ann Arbor)4$80,000
A4 Energy LLC (Brownstown Township)2$50,000
M53 Enterprises LLC (Washington Township)2$50,000
Venture Plaza Associates (Troy)2$50,000
NuVu Fuels Michigan LLC (Ionia)2$49,837
Roan & Black Inc. (Saugatuck)2$49,837
Northland Food and Family Center (Kalkaska)2$49,817
Bishop International Airport Authority2$47,337
City of Gaylord2$41,212.50
City of Saginaw2$40,370
Flint Downtown Development Authority2$40,228.04
Dore’s Stores, Inc. / The Jerky Outlet (Kawkawlin)2$39,395.50
Delhi Charter Township2$35,909
Gemini Capital Management IX LLC (Alma)2$35,895.50
City of Norway1$26,311.30

“Michigan is known for building America’s cars, and this commitment to future mobility infrastructure continues to keep us at the forefront of needed automotive innovation,” said Governor Whitmer in a news release. “With partnerships like this between government and private industry, we will take actions that will have a positive and lasting environmental impact while improving transportation infrastructure.”

Public and private entities can apply to EGLE for grants of up to $70,000 per charging station. The grants must be used towards the cost of a DC fast-charging station, which could include site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees, and signage.

As part of the program, EGLE, the site's owner, and the electric utility that serves the site will each pay a third of the cost to install the fast charger.

EGLE is paying for the grants out of the $9.7 Michigan received from the Volkswagen diesel emissions settlement.