There has been tremendous public and private investment in plug-in electric vehicle (PEV or EV) technology in recent years.
By 2015, all major automakers will offer models for sale. Industry experts believe that these vehicles are not going to take over the market, but there’s going to be a sizable segment of motorists that will demand convenient refueling options.
Thus, it is important to realize that municipalities can play a significant role in advancing this new innovation. They can do so by facilitating and encouraging the development of a network of charging stations and educating the public about this new product and its fueling needs.As the home of Chrysler Group, LLC and numerous automotive suppliers, the City of Auburn Hills recognizes the importance of supporting this emerging innovation in the industry. From implementing red tape-cutting city ordinances to installing our own charging stations, Auburn Hills continues to lead the way in electric vehicle infrastructure design and we hope to inspire other municipalities to join us.
Our efforts have been noticed. In August 2013, our project was awarded the Planning Excellence Award for Best Practices by the Michigan Chapter of the American Planning Association. On June 11, 2013, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the City of Auburn Hills was named a partner in the prestigious Workplace Charging Challenge. As part of DOE’s Assistant Secretary David Danielson’s public announcement, Auburn Hills was a highlighted as a success story and model for other municipalities across the nation to follow.