auto industry

Gregory Keoleian
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability /

The automotive industry is shifting to electric vehicles.  Right now, only about two percent of American automobile sales are in the electric sector.  But reducing waste, increasing recycling, and making the shift to electrification move more quickly will only have a positive impact on CO-2 emissions and climate change.  For the first time, a circular economy is being built to accelerate and enhance the process.  Dr. Gregory Keoleian from the University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability joined  WEMU's David Fair to discuss his team's academic reseach into a new circular economy in the industry. 

Ed Sidlow
Eastern Michigan University /

There has been much reaction to the Tuesday night presidential debate where Michigan was brought up several times.


WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with long-time political commentator and Eastern Michigan University professor of American politics Ed Sidlow about the role Michigan played in the debate and the upcoming presidential election.

Dana Nessel
State of Michigan /

Michigan joined 22 other states and the District of Columbia Wednesday in filing an environmental protection lawsuit.   As we hear from Rick Pluta, state Attorney General Dana Nessel wants to preserve fuel economy standards set during the Obama administration.

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons /

President Trump visited the Ford Rawsonville automotive plant in Ypsilanti Thursday but failed to follow safety protocols.  The latest federal coronavirus relief package faces an uncertain future in the U.S. Senate, and massive flooding in Mid-Michigan points to a need for more investment in infrastucture.  12th Congresswoman Debbie Dingell offers her thoughts on these subjects in a conversation with WEMU's David Fair.

John Dingell
Wikiquote /

With nearly 60 years in Congress, John Dingell's impact on people and places across Michigan and across the country was significant and far reaching.

89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry spoke with Dingell's final chief of staff Leigh Greden, who is currently chief of staff in the president's office at Eastern Michigan University.

Jorge Avellan / 89.1 WEMU

Car enthusiasts will peruse new and future vehicles at the North American International Auto Show over the next week. But, there is more to look at than just cars, SUV’s and trucks.  As 89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan discovered, Washtenaw County is helping lead the way and is on prominent display.  

Anna Stefanopolou
University of Michigan /

The North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit, and automakers have used this to announce major developments in advancing cleaner automotive technology.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair talks to Anna Stefanopoulou, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Automotive Research Center Director at the University of Michigan, about what she thinks about these developments.

John Conyers
Wikipedia Media Commons /

The resignation of Congressman John Conyers will leave the seat vacant until it is filled by a special election. 

Car Insurance Overhaul Dies In State House

Nov 3, 2017
Car Accident
Wikipedia Media Commons /

A plan to overhaul the state’s auto insurance system failed late Thursday night. 

Rick Snyder
Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Rick Snyder is off on a trade mission that will bring him to Asia and Europe before he returns to Michigan next week.  

Car Accident
Wikipedia Media Commons /

The state legislature is resurrecting legislation to end mandatory, unlimited medical benefits for car crash victims.  

Rick Snyder
Wikipedia Media Commons /

Governor Rick Snyder is out of the country on a week-long trade mission to China.

Washtenaw Community College Celebrates 50 Years

Apr 1, 2016
Jorge Avellan / WEMU

Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor is celebrating 50 years of operations.

Toyota Motor Company

Is Washtenaw County prepared to answer Governor Snyder’s call for more skilled automotive workers in Michigan? 

North American International Auto Show

The 2015 North American International Auto Show held few surprises for eco-concerned consumers.


General Motors says it will ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims involving conduct before its 2009 bankruptcy. The company revealed its strategy late Tuesday in a motion filed in a federal court case in Corpus Christi, Texas, surrounding defective ignition switches that have led GM to recall more than 2 million cars.


General Motors says it's investing $449 million in two Detroit-area factories to build the next generation Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric car. 

Courtesy Image / Society of Automotive Engineers

Michigan is planning to boost efforts to attract and retain automotive industry jobs in engineering and design, software and coding, systems integration and skilled trades.