On Thursday, we co-hosted an electric vehicle (EV) workshop with local businesses to talk about the incentives of installing charging stations on-site.
Andy LaBarre from the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber kicked off the event by welcoming the crowd and sharing the business perks of EV chargers. Charles Griffith of the Ecology Center talked about the importance of electrifying the transportation sector. Energy Institute Director, Anna Stefanopoulou, followed with an overview of U-M’s battery research and the future of e-mobility.
From there, the City of Ann Arbor talked about electrification efforts across the city. To close, DTE Energy and multiple charger installation companies spoke about incentive programs and next steps to get chargers installed. To learn more, check out DTE’s Charging Forward program, here.
Faculty in the News:
- “What we’re seeing is a tale of two climate nations,” said Professor Barry Rabe, director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, to the New York Times about the growing number of “blue states” adopting climate laws while right-leaning states lag behind.
- Professor Richard Rood told Mother Jones that this spring’s chaos, marked by frequent storms and epic floods, is “not a one-off event” in corn and soybean country, even as the USDA downplays its own research on climate change.
- In a Washington Post article, Professor Michael Traugott, Center for Political Studies, said polling that suggests voters do not support electric vehicles appears biased.
Events & Opportunities:
- Sun, June 30: Climate Change Negotiation & Policy at Home and Abroad: A Conversation with Tim Arvan, one of the Climate Blue student delegates to the UN COP24 Climate Change Convention
- Sun, June 30: Science Award Electrochemistry applications are due. Focus areas include but are not limited to battery materials, cells, battery systems, production and operations, and recycling.
- Wed, Jul 10: Proposals due for NSF Partnerships for Innovation
- Thur, July 11: Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Job Fair in Arlington, VA.
- Mon, July 22: Proposals due for CEW+ Carol Hollenshead Award for Excellence in Promoting Equity and Social Change
- Wed, July 31: UROP Summer Research Symposium
- Thur, Aug 1: Applications are due for the UROP Research Scholar Program designed for students who want to expand on their first year and participate in UROP for a second year at an advanced level.
- Tues, Aug 6: Pre-proposals due for NSF Smart and Connected Communities with the Transition to Practice (TTP).
- Mon, Aug 12: Three-Day Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Course for engineers and managers who are involved in the design and development of hybrid and electric vehicles, and/or their key components
- Jan. 2020: Proposals due for NSF Major Research Infrastructure (MRI)
What to Read:
Detroit Free Press
A package of bipartisan bills introduced in the state House and Senate on Wednesday would, among other things, allow the state to open up state parks and park-and-ride lots to install or lease space for charging stations.
The loss of the credits will hurt those companies at the forefront of electric vehicle development, erasing their advantage over gasoline-powered cars and putting them at a disadvantage to other makers of electric vehicles.
New York Times
To better understand what life with an electric car is like, a New York Times writer hopped into a Chevrolet Bolt and traveled from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, a 540-mile round trip.
Detroit Business Magazine
DTE Energy is funding zero-emission electric school buses for two southeastern Michigan school districts. The partnership was selected by the state of Michigan to receive funding for six Thomas Built “Jouley” Buses powered by Proterra, as well as charging equipment. DTE will also partner with the schools to implement a vehicle-to-grid study that will allow the utility to better understand the effects of battery storage technology.
In the aftermath of the 2012 derecho, Montgomery County, Maryland launched an aggressive effort to improve resilience at its expansive government facilities. Part of the wide-ranging solution the county ultimately settled on and completed last year was to combine electric vehicle (EV) charging with the construction of two microgrids at critical government buildings.