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    Gov. Whitmer plans ‘best new road trip for electric vehicle owners’

    Mackinac Island — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration touted plans Wednesday to develop a road trip route for electric vehicle owners along Lake Michigan, as part of an initiative to build on the state’s history of auto manufacturing.

    Whitmer unveiled the details of the Lake Michigan Electric Vehicle Circuit during a press conference at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference. The idea, which will begin with a feasibility study this year, is to set up charging infrastructure along a route that will connect the shoreline, attractions, light houses, parks and local businesses.

    The governor said it will be “the best new road trip for electric vehicle owners in America.”

    “The circuit is going to entice residents and travelers to explore our incredible coastal communities and amenities while using clean energy, cutting pollution and helping to protect our air and water,” she said.

    Grants to install the charging infrastructure will be provided through a Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy program with $1.25 million in funding initially available, according to the governor’s office.

    The Wednesday announcement is part of a focus by the Whitmer administration on making the state a leader in electric vehicle manufacturing. The governor also unveiled plans to create academies to help boost the state’s workforce for the jobs that will be created as more customers buy electric cars and trucks.

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