Electric Vehicles & Protecting Our Resources
Emissions will also be signicantly lower or
electric vehicles as we transition to more wind,
solar, and hydro-power. Continuing Michigan’s
commitment to generating more power from
renewable sources means that electric vehicles
will become an
even cleaner transportationoption over time.
Additional power plants are also not
needed to power EVs
Much of the day, power plants operate below
their capacity. The electric vehicles on the road
today (the Chevy Volt, Nissan Leaf, and plug-in
Toyota Prius) have built-in technology that
ensures cars can charge “of peak” when power
plants are less busy and have that additional
Michigan’s two largest utilities also
ofer discounted rates or of-peak EV charging.
By increasing energy eiciency throughmeasures like insulating leaky buildings,replacing inefcient lighting, and tuning upaging appliances, we can ree up even morecapacity on the grid or electric vehicles.
Our transportation sector is addictedto petroleum.
Burning petroleum products in our vehicles is
responsible or approximately 1/3 o our carbon
pollution, and also the reason or catastrophes
like the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and
last year’s Enbridge oil spill into the Kalamazoo
Electric vehicles are one solution - available
in showrooms now - that can protect our
environment, slash pollution, and keep more
money in the Michigan economy.
Protecting our environment, reducingemissions
Electric vehicles reduce greenhouse gases and
other pollutants by shiting the emissionssource rom the tailpipe to the power plant. The electric grid and electric cars are moreefcient at converting uel into power thanconventional vehicles, so even with a coal-
dominated electric grid like Michigan’s, thereis a net decrease in carbon pollution.