FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Leigh Fifelski
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Lansing – Progress Michigan released today a digital video, Electric Vehicles: Made in Michigan, as a companion to the Michigan League of Conservation Voters report also released today.
Through interviews with a line-worker building the Chevy Volt at the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, a nearby small business owner who’s experienced a noticeable increase in business as a result of the Volt, and a professor leading a program to make Michigan the electric vehicle engineering capital of the nation, the video links Michigan’s past as an auto giant to its future as an electric vehicle giant.
The video can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/OvzWb5DXDwY?hd=1
As both the report and video show, the success of the electric vehicle is already powering Michigan’s economic resurgence, and its continued success is imperative to making our economic progress sustainable. Clean energy jobs advocates are calling on lawmakers to support job creation, investment and innovation by:
- Supporting U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s proposed legislation that would allow electric vehicle buyers to receive a direct rebate instead of a tax credit;
- Encouraging the state and other fleet vehicle purchasers to lease or buy electric vehicles;
- Providing financial incentives for the installation of public and workplace charging stations for electric vehicles;
- Implementing clean fuel standards that require an increasing percentage of electricity and other alternative fuels for powering vehicles within Michigan.