Saugatuck, Douglas area welcomes Whitmer’s EV infrastructure initiative

Allegan County

SAUGATUCK, Mich. (WOOD) — An initiative from the governor’s office is looking to add more infrastructure for electric vehicles in the state, specifically cities and communities along Lake Michigan.

As part of the MI New Economy plan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week announced the Lake Michigan Electric Vehicle Circuit, which aims to add more charging stations and related infrastructure.

“We’re going to invest in ourselves, reminding everyone that we are the place that put the world on wheels,” Whitmer said during the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference.

The announcement is welcomed by at least one visitors bureau in West Michigan. Lisa Mize, the executive director for the Saugatuck/Douglas Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, says visitors driving electric vehicles come from bigger cities like Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland and Detroit.

She believes this investment will help boost those numbers.

“It’s only going to help tourism and the people traveling to be able to charge their cars before a long trip back,” Mize said. “They’re going to need that.”

While the exact areas of interest are yet to be unveiled, Mize says an expansion would be appreciated since the Saugatuck area only has one location with EV chargers.

“You’d be surprised. It looks basically like three parking spots. That’s it. That’s all you need,” Mize said. “So, I think more would be better.”

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