Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive directive mandating the complete transition of all state government vehicles to electric power by 2040. The directive outlines a phased approach, with light vehicles targeted for conversion to zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) by 2033, followed by medium and heavy-duty vehicles by 2040.
The directive also includes specific guidelines for state agencies, emphasizing the prioritization of ZEVs, particularly in communities historically impacted by higher pollution. State departments are instructed to focus on transitioning vehicles with higher mileage, install electric vehicle supply equipment, and establish exemption criteria for certain fleet vehicles. Additionally, alternative emission reduction options, including hybrids, are to be considered.
Governor Whitmer highlighted Michigan's position as a leader in the electric vehicle industry, with local automakers at the forefront of the global shift to zero-emission vehicles. The executive directive aims to set an example by accelerating the state's transition to electric fleets, promoting Michigan-made electric vehicles, and contributing to environmental goals.
As of now, Michigan's state government fleet comprises over 8,000 vehicles, with only three currently being electric. The move aligns with broader efforts to promote sustainable transportation and reduce emissions in the state, which is recognized as a significant region for electric vehicles in the United States.