electric vehicles

Debbie Dingell
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This week, the U.S. Senate passed a $1 trillion infrastructure bill with rare, bipartisan support. The U.S. House is expected to pass the bill, but it will not have bipartisan support for a $3.5 trillion budget for the coming fiscal year. 12th District Representative Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss where we are and what happens next. 


Debbie Dingell
Rep. Debbie Dingell / Facebook

On Thursday, President Joe Biden said he wants 50% of all vehicles sold by the year 2030 to be electric. The EPA has set 2026 as the year for automakers to reach a 52-MPG fleet average. 12th District Congresswoman Debbie Dingell joined WEMU's David Fair to discuss what will be needed to achieve those targets. They also discuss the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic and what the short-term future may hold. 


Charles Griffith
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

The buses and heavy trucks that travel our towns and highway system contribute a significant part of the emissions causing climate change. We are in the midst of transition, as manufacturers are moving more toward electric vehicle production. WEMU's David Fair and Charles Griffith, the director of the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center's climate and energy program, discussed the push for Michigan to join others in a commitment to zero out emissions from heavy vehicles by 2050.  


Debbie Dingell
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President Joe Biden visited the Ford production facility in Dearborn this week, where a new, all-electric pickup truck was unveiled. While in Michigan, there was ongoing conflict and violence between Israel and Hamas. On Thursday night, a cease-fire was agreed upon and has, so far, held up. Michigan's 12th District Congressional Representative, Debbie Dingell, joined WEMU's David Fair to share her thoughts and the work she is doing on these issues and more. 

University of Michigan

The University of Michigan is moving forward with a plan to make its entire organization carbon neutral by 2040.

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The future of mobility will be the focus of a panel discussion taking place Tuesday at Washtenaw Community College.

Debbie Dingell
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

In President Biden's first 58 days in office, approximately 100 million coronavirus vaccines have been administered.  In the meantime, legislation towards better access to medicare and more electric vehicle production is in the works.  12th District Representative Debbie Dingell is in the middle of all of this and gives her perspective in a chat with WEMU's David Fair.  


US Senate
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer told a US Senate committee Wednesday that the country needs a national strategy to tackle failing infrastructure and climate change.  We have more from Rick Pluta.

Gregory Keoleian
University of Michigan School for Environment and Sustainability / seas.umich.edu

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. 


City of Ann Arbor

During Monday's December 7th Ann Arbor city council meeting, council will discuss a resolution that, if approved, will lead to the installation of fast-charging electric vehicle stations.  


City of Ann Arbor

The City of Ann Arbor plans to align its Solid Waste Resources Management Plan with its A2 Zero Carbon Neutrality Plan.  

Electric Car
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By all accounts, electric vehicles are the future.  Right now, EV’s comprise a small percentage of the automotive marketplace.  A new study from the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor shows the electric vehicles owners are paying far more in taxes and fees and that can serve as a disincentive to purchase.  The center’s Charles Griffith joined WEMU’s David Fair for this week’s "Issues of the Environment" to share the study’s findings and discuss the need to create policy that will create tax parity for EV vehicles. 


Laura Sherman
Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council / mieibc.org

Michigan continues to be a leader in "Green Energy" jobs, and the business community and marketplace are helping drive towards a cleaner energy future.  In this month's "First Friday Focus on the Environment," WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak cover those issues with Laura Sherman, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. 


Charles Griffith
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

This year's North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit.  Once again, the world's top automakers believe the future lies in electric and automated vehicles.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair explores what impacts these vehicles may have with Charles Griffith, who directs the Climate and Energy Program at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor.


Anna Stefanopolou
University of Michigan / umich.edu

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.


Mark Clevey
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How would a “Mental Health and Public Safety Preservation” tax levy enhance funding for environmental measures?  A countywide ballot initiative will be decided next month and, if passed, could help the city of Ann Arbor move closer to meeting the goals of its Climate Action Plan.  In this week’s “Issues of the Environment,” WEMU’s David Fair talks it over with Mark Clevey, Vice Chair of the Ann Arbor Energy Commission.  


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

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Sign
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Electric vehicle supporters say the cars provide environmental benefits to everyone in the community by reducing fossil fuel use.  A new partnership is promoting plug in car use.


This week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU examines infrastructure needs to meet the growing demand for electric vehicles and hybrids.  Our guest is the project manager for "Plug-in Ready Michigan", Mark Rabinsky. 

Michigan is projected to be in the top ten in sales of plug-in electric vehicles in the nation through 2020, with Ann Arbor a leader in the state.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

National Plug-in Day

Sep 24, 2012

A wide variety of electric vehicle owners participated in National Plug-in Day in Ann Arbor and Saline on Sunday.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.