Sterling Heights has hired an engineering firm for a study to determine a first-of-its-kind master plan for future locations of electric vehicle charging stations.
The City Council approved spending $35,000 to hire Detroit-based Wade Trim to conduct the comprehensive study to prepare for electric vehicle accessible roadways, according to a news release.
Officials said the goal of the study is to determine where charging stations should be placed in Sterling Heights, the infrastructure required to install them and potential funding sources for the installation.
According to Mayor Michael Taylor, there are 60,000 people working in the city every day in many high-tech jobs related to defense and automotive. He said many residents and visitors already have electric vehicles, which he predicts will grow “exponentially” in coming years.
“We want to make sure the city is prepared with stations that are readily available along and near major roadways, public facilities and parks, which requires this thoughtful planning and adequate infrastructure,” he said in a statement.
The study and subsequent plan will be completed by the end of 2022 and will provide a clear picture of where Sterling Heights is with respect to electric vehicle accessibility. It also will create a master plan for future need based on current forecasts for electric vehicle charging station and infrastructure use.
“This plan will help us shape future public and private projects where electric vehicle infrastructure is fully integrated,” said City Manager Mark Vanderpool. “This effort also supports regional and state goals for improving the availability of charging stations as electric vehicles become more widespread.”
Grant funding of nearly $30,000 from Southeast Michigan Council of Governments and a roughly $6,000 city match will provide $35,000 to create the plan, according to the Community Relations department.
The Associated Press reported in February that the current draft of Michigan’s plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 calls for infrastructure like charging roadways to be built in Michigan to accommodate 2 million electric vehicles on roads by 2030.
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