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Charge Up Michigan Program
Charge Up Michigan Program
The Charge Up Michigan Program is an EV Charger Placement project that aims to build the infrastructure for DC fast charging stations in the state of Michigan to ensure feasibility of all long distance trips for electric vehicle (EV) users, within the state, and also to neighboring states and Canada. To achieve this, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and partners (electric utilities and applicant) will provide funding for qualified DCFC EV charging equipment, site preparation, equipment installation, networking fees and signage.
Public or private organizations that can host publicly accessible charging stations, can fulfill program priorities, and are enrolled in a utility rebate program are eligible to apply for this grant.
Project selection is based on Michigan State University's Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Optimization in Michigan: Phase I - Highways and Full Tourism Report, which predicted the optimal number and placement of DC fast chargers to provide bare-bone charging infrastructure throughout the state.
We have already funded a number of projects and plan to prioritize the remainder of our funding on projects that cover unfilled "nodes."
The Charge Up Michigan Map shows which nodes are still eligible for funding.
The grant amount will be the lesser of 33.3% of the total cost or a direct match of the amount the electric utility is paying, up to $70,000, and can only be used for eligible EV charging equipment.
Grant awards will be distributed on a reimbursement basis only, meaning grantees must pay project costs in full prior to receiving funds from EGLE. EGLE will reimburse grantees their award amount once proper invoices, receipts, and proof of payments have been received and reviewed.
- Charge Up Michigan Sample Agreement
- Charge Up Michigan Sample Agreement Attachment A
- Provide monthly progress updates via email to the program coordinator as needed
- Report charging session metrics
- Provide documentation of project expenditures (e.g., invoices, receipts, and proof of payments)
- Submit payment request via email to the program coordinator within 30 days of completing the project
EGLE will accept and process applications on a first come, first serve basis until funding is exhausted.
Preparing Your Application
There are several steps an applicant needs to take prior to submitting an application to this program, including:
- Verify your site is in an eligible location with the Charge Up Michigan Map. If you are not the owner of the site, a site host agreement must be secured.
NOTE - Only the nodes (i.e., blue dots) with the "Eligible Funding Source" listed as Volkswagen Settlement and the "Number of Remaining Chargers Needed" listed as greater than 0 are open for funding through this program.
- Connect with your utility provider to get a site assessment to determine if power upgrades are necessary. You will need a letter of support from your utility provider to be considered for funding. Several investor-owned utilities have rebate programs that can be used as matching funds:
- Form your team
- Secure a quote from your selected charger hardware and software provider
- Secure a quote from your selected installation and maintenance provider
- National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program
- Lake Michigan Circuit
- Michigan Laws and Incentives Related to Alternative Fuels
- Plug-In Electric Vehicle Handbook for Public Charging Station Hosts
- Electric Vehicle Charging Justice40 Map
- Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility Infrastructure
- Environmental Trust Agreement for State Beneficiaries
- Optimized EV Charger Placement Plan