Jackson-based Consumers Energy has launched PowerMIDrive, a multi-year rebate program to make it easier for owners of electric vehicles to charge their vehicles and to ensure the electric grid is prepared for the growing electric vehicle market. The announcement was made last week during the Mackinac Policy Conference.
Beginning June 5, the PowerMIDrive program will offer residential rebates of between $400 and $500 for installing eligible 240-volt home chargers. Consumers Energy will offer rebates of up to $5,000 per charger for installing 200 Level 2 vehicle chargers in public places and workplaces. The utility also will rebates of up to $70,000 for 24 DC fast chargers along Michigan highways and travel routes.
“Electric vehicles are ready for the fast lane, and Consumers Energy wants to support the charging technology for the good of Michigan and our planet,” says Patti Poppe, president and CEO of Consumers Energy. “Emission-free vehicles powered by emission-free energy is the aspiration. The PowerMIDrive program aims to increase our charging infrastructure while allowing customers to charge when and where they need to!”
U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters also were at the announcement on Mackinac Island.
“Investing in a strong, reliable charging infrastructure will ensure more Michigan families choose electric,” says Stabenow. “This is also action we can take right now to reduce emissions and combat carbon pollution.”
Peters added, “This program reflects a broader collaboration by everyone to keep Michigan at the forefront of mobility, and this announcement from Consumers Energy will expand opportunities for customers to charge their electric vehicles. As the auto industry begins to deploy self-driving cars, the vast majority of those cars will be electric.”