Michigan approves Consumers Energy EV charging program
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's Public Service Commission has approved Jackson-based Consumers Energy's PowerMIDrive electric vehicle charging program.
The three-year, $10 million pilot program supports the state's growing electric vehicle market through new rates, rebates and customer education.
The program includes a Nighttime Savers Rate to encourage drivers to charge their electric vehicles between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. Residential drivers who sign up for the nighttime rate will be offered a $500 rebate for each electric vehicle. Consumers Energy also will offer $5,000 rebates for chargers installed in public areas such as workplaces and multi-unit dwellings.
Natural Resources Defense Council senior attorney Mark Nabong says the "program can help more people access electric cars as a clean, cheaper alternative to gasoline cars."