Michigan’s Road to Electrification

South East Michigan Council of Governments
February 7, 2023
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Supporting one-fifth of all jobs within Michigan, the auto industry is a crucial employment base for the state. As the world continues to invest in electrification, Michigan's manufacturing and automotive communities must continue to work in unison to compete on the global level.

Michigan has been collecting some important victories supporting the growth of the Mobility industry recently. To name just a few:

  • Our Next Energy (One)’s $1.6 billion investment in a cell-and-EV-battery-pack factory in Van Buren Township will create over 2,000 jobs
  • Gotion’s $2.36 billion in 4 cathode-and-anode plants near Big Rapids, creating 2,350 jobs
  • Lear Corporation’s $80 million investment to build a plant to make parts for General Motor’s Ultium EV platform.

Lear’s plant builds on GM’s earlier investments to convert the Detroit-Hamtramck plant to the Factory Zero plant in Detroit – its first fully-dedicated electric vehicle assembly plant – and announcements to invest $6.5 billion in four Michigan sites including $4 billion in converting the GM Orion plant for full-size EV pickup trucks and a battery cell plant in Lansing.

While this is great news for Michigan on the road to electrification, we face stiff competition when it comes to attracting and expanding our role in the global transition from traditional internal combustion engine (ICE)-based vehicles to electric and autonomous vehicles.

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South East Michigan Council of Governments
South East Michigan Council of Governments

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) supports local planning through its technical, data, and intergovernmental resources. The work SEMCOG does improves the quality of the region's water, makes the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalizes communities, and spurs economic development.

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