Wednesday, 25 November 2020 00:24

Michigan Gov. Makes Appointments to State Council on Future Mobility and Electrification


Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Oct. 22 announced appointments to the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification, which will work to ensure Michigan continues to be the world leader in future mobility, including autonomous and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility option.

“Today’s announcement builds on progress we’ve made this year to cement our status as a hub for innovation and opportunity in the mobility sector, including the launch of the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and our efforts to build the road of the future between Detroit and Ann Arbor,” said Whitmer.


“In Michigan, where the health of our workers and our economy are directly tied to the health of our auto industry, we will continue engaging in forward-looking policies to remain on the cutting edge of mobility and electrification growth in the state," Whitmer continued. "Since I was sworn in as governor, we have brought in historic investments to our auto plants, creating more than 12,000 Michigan jobs. I will continue working closely with everyone who wants to grow our workforce and economy.”


On Feb. 25, Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-2, creating the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification, housed within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity, to replace the Council on Future Mobility, which was abolished under the order.


The council will serve in an advisory capacity to LEO and the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, the governor and the legislature, providing annual recommendations on changes in state policy. In doing so, the council will work to ensure Michigan continues to be an epicenter of future transportation solutions around mobility and electrification.


“The strength of Michigan’s mobility ecosystem is the collaboration that you find happening all across the state, as technology continues to evolve and transportation options grow,” said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II. “We work together to solve real problems for our residents, our businesses and our communities and to advance our state’s technology and the automotive landscape in a way that also has the potential to improve the quality of life for countless individuals in Michigan."


“Michigan needs to continue leading with innovation and technology," said U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell. "Establishing the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification is a key player. Governor Whitmer’s leadership and these strong appointments will go a long way towards ensuring Michigan remains the global center of the auto and mobility industry. I look forward to working with the governor and the council on this critical mission."


“Michigan is well positioned to become a leader in electric vehicles, and to leverage that leadership to build the infrastructure needed to power them,” said Sen. Mallory McMorrow. “I’m excited to continue...

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