The recent directive mandates Michigan government agencies to shift from conventional gas-powered vehicles and formulate policies to encourage the immediate adoption of zero-emission vehicles.  -  Photo: Government Fleet

The recent directive mandates Michigan government agencies to shift from conventional gas-powered vehicles and formulate policies to encourage the immediate adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

Photo: Government Fleet

Michigan's Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive to begin converting vehicles owned and used by the state—the state fleet—to zero emission vehicles with a goal of completing that conversion by 2033 for light-duty vehicles and 2040 for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. 

Whitmer recently signed a package of clean energy legislation including a 100% clean energy standard by 2040. The state of Michigan has stated a committment to powering itself with 100% clean energy by 2025 and having all state-owned buildings be carbon neutral by 2040.

Conversion of the stae fleet includes establishing policies to promote the immediate use of zero-emission zehicles in the state’s fleet and achieve the following minimum targets:

  • Conversion of light-duty vehicles in the state fleet to ZEVs by 2033.
  • Conversion of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles in the state fleet to ZEVs by 2040. 

The conversion will prioritize the transition of fleet vehicles that travel the most miles as well as the transition of fleet vehicles in Justice40 communities and in high-density areas which have been historically disadvantaged by higher pollution levels. 

Michigan Governor Allocates Millions Toward EV Future

In February of 2023, Governor Whitmer announced the fiscal year 2024 budget. With a $79 billion budget, a portion will be allocated to improving the electric vehicle infrastructure for the public, the Michigan Clean Fleet Initiative, and transitioning the state’s fleet to EVs. 

"State departments and agencies must take all necessary steps to implement this directive, including through the allocation of available funding and other resources in a manner consistent with applicable law," Whitmer stated. 

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