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Consumers Energy Announces Program For Electric Vehicle Chargers

Homeowners could get up to a $500 rebate for installing a home charger.

May 29, 2019 - 11:52 pm

(WWJ) --Consumers Energy is taking the next steps in getting the public ready for the widespread use of electric vehicles.

Speaking at the Mackinac Policy Conference Tuesday, Consumers CEO Pattie Poppe announced a new program aimed to create more charging stations for electric vehicles.  

PowerMIDrive is designed to increase EV charging capability and make it easier for for owners to drive, according to Consumers. The program will help improve the grid and control rates for all customers.

"It’s a major step toward the future of our energy grid and the rapidly evolving way we travel," the company said in a statement on its website.

Poppe says customers who want to install a charging station at their home will get a rebate of $400 or $500. Rebates of up to $5,000 will be given for charging stations in public or workplaces, while up to $70,000 could be returned for high-powered, faster chargers.

"That allows the ecosystem to be created so that we can have electric vehicles and the infrastructure necessary to charge them," Poppe said.

Poppe said the company is also taking a deep look at the power grid to make sure it's ready for electric vehicles.

Buying charging stations is easy, Poppe told the crowd. The CEO says she bought a charger of her own online from Amazon for $500.