Plug in: Interactive map shows vehicle charging stations around Detroit and beyond

August 18, 2020, 7:32 AM

Electric vehicle recharge stations aren't yet as easy to find as gas stations, though Michigan has over 1,000 public plug-in kiosks and DTE Energy has a handy way to find them in this region.

The utility posts an interactive map showing sites by zip codes for Southeast Michigan, the Lansing area and northern Ohio. Addresses and phone numbers are visible when clicked or hovered over. (The list includes Monroe, Flint, Jackson, Ann Arbor, St. Johns, Ypsilanti and Saline, as well as Metro Detroit.)

"Finding a place to charge across the Great Lakes State is no problem," the Detroit company says in an email to customers this week. "Charging while running errands or on a road trip is an easy stop along the way."

Beacon Park public charging kiosk in downtown Detroit. (Photo: DTE Energy)

The outreach is part of a "Charging Forward" initiative promoting electric transportation. DTE offers $500 rebates for cutomers who install a residential charging port. Businesses can get incentives of $2,500 per port and $20,000 per charger when they install Level 2 or DC Fast Chargers.

"Michigan is the nation's automotive center, but it lags many other states in EV adoption," a news release says. "Limited consumer awareness and 'range anxiety' – the fear of running out of power before reaching a destination – are two factors suppressing increased EV acceptance. ... Customer surveys tell us that more people are likely to use EVs if they can easily obtain chargers and feel confident that they will find locations to charge along their routes."

The utility "will install chargers in public areas such as Detroit's Beacon Park, with future sites under consideration," it says.

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