(PartiallyPolitics.com) – On Tuesday, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) signed an executive directive that would force the replacement of the entire fleet of the government’s vehicles to zero-emission. The new action means that even state-owned light-duty vehicles are to be converted to zero-emission vehicles.
According to the directive the conversion of light-duty vehicles needs to occur by 2033, while medium and heavy-duty vehicles are going to be switched by 2040. The governor noted that the action has the endorsement of the United Auto Workers (UAW) union, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and clean energy groups. Overall, the new direction would allow the state to save money while also reducing noise and air pollution in the community.
As part of the directive, the state’s agencies and departments are called to put a priority on transitioning to vehicles that can cover the most miles, purchase ZEVs for their fleets, and prioritize switching to more ecological vehicles in communities that have been impeached by higher pollution rates over the years. Furthermore, EV charging infrastructures will need to be added to high-density areas.
The decision came only one week after Whitmer signed a landmark legislative package that would require state power providers to meet certain green energy requirements and goals. It also comes at a time when she is pushing for those in the state to purchase electric vehicles and for the manufacturing of EVs in the state to be increased.
On Tuesday UAW President Shawn Fain congratulated the State of Michigan for the decision, noting that transitioning to electric vehicles does not need to “be a race to the bottom.”
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