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Consumers OKs rebates for EV charging stations

Utility program has authorized 387 rebates since beginning PowerMIDrive program last year.

January 24, 2020
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The 387 rebates approved for charging stations under PowerMIDrive account for over $2.7 million Consumers Energy has awarded to customers. Photo by iStock

Consumers Energy recently announced it approved nearly 400 rebates for electric vehicle charging stations at homes and in public locations across Michigan since launching the rebate program less than a year ago.

Consumers Energy started PowerMIDrive in May 2019 to promote electric vehicle ownership for the good of Michigan’s environment and economy. The utility has approved a total of 387 rebates for EV charging stations for homes, businesses, municipalities and multiunit dwellings.

Recipients receive payments after they install charging stations, and PowerMIDrive still is accepting rebate applications.

“We’re confident that 2020 will be a milestone year for electric vehicles in Michigan as businesses and residents install charging stations with help from Consumers Energy’s PowerMIDrive program,” said Brian Rich, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for customer experience. “It will be important to see EV charging kick into high gear, making it easy for owners to power their electric vehicles quickly and reliably.”

Rebates include 200 stations in public locations and another 24 “fast-charging” stations that can power up most of a vehicle’s battery in 30 minutes. The fast-charging stations will be located throughout the Lower Peninsula, and Consumers expects them to be operating by the end of 2020.

According to Consumers, Kent County has received 47 rebates for public charging locations, the most rebates to date. Kalamazoo County had 19 rebates, Genesee received 14, Consumers’ home of Jackson County received 12 and Muskegon County received 11 rebates.

The 387 rebates approved under PowerMIDrive account for over $2.7 million Consumers has awarded to customers.

PowerMIDrive offers the following rebates:

  • Residential: Rebates worth $500 for installing eligible 240-volt chargers at homes.

  • Public: Rebates for 200 Level 2 vehicle chargers in public places and at workplaces with a rebate of up to $5,000 per charger.

  • Fast chargers: Rebates of up to $70,000 for 24 fast-charging stations along highways and travel routes.

Customers can go to consumersenergy.com/powermidrive to apply and learn about the program and rebates.

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