Researchers at the Michigan Energy Office finished the first phase of a study showing where they believe electric vehicle chargers should be placed in our state.
The study is the first of it’s kind.
Researchers looked at factors like battery performance and driving in winter weather conditions.
The purpose was to determine how state officials can appropriately use $10 million it received through a settlement to improve how EV drivers get around in our state.
As electric vehicles and hybrids become more popular, they want to make it so that a person doesn’t have to search for a charging station and sit for hours to get a good charge if they’re traveling somewhere like up north where stations are more scarce.
“For a level 2 to get a full charge let’s say on a Chevy Bolt, it takes about 9 hours. With a level 3 DC fast charging it could take anywhere between an hour and 20 minutes to get that full charge and it give you the full range on a Bolt which is 248 miles,” says Robert Jackson, Director of the Michigan Energy Office.
Jackson says the plan is to implement level 3 chargers because they’re designed to power vehicles quicker.
This is just the first phase of the study.
The next will focus on how the system could be used in urban areas as well.
Energy officials hope to have the full plan implemented by the year 2030, but say drivers could start seeing changes later this year.