Tom Prout sees the looks on people’s faces when he pulls his 2017 Tesla Model S into a parking lot. Their expressions say, “what is that?” And then come the questions. Perhaps the most common one is this: How much does it cost to run that car? Prout bought an electric car because he wants to save the environment. But the Indian River resident keeps a spreadsheet of how much it costs to operate his Tesla - and those savings are huge.
That’s thanks in part to our support for electric vehicles, or EVs. For customers who charge their cars during off-peak hours, we offer lower rates that would allow Prout to drive roughly 300 miles for less than $8.
Prout appreciates the savings, of course. But he likes Consumers' focus on electric vehicles because it shows forward thinking and reflects good stewardship of finite resources.
"We're thinking of our kids and grandkids and what kind of world are they going to inherit?" he says. "I don't know about my kids. But my grandkids will see a world where more than half the vehicles sold are going to be electric."
Automotive industry experts expect EVs will soon become a much bigger piece of the automotive market. That’s why we’re working to create the infrastructure electric vehicle drivers need in Michigan – today and in the years to come. Our plans include:
The study, which includes employees of GM and Consumers Energy who own electric cars, will have three phases:
“We believe EVs are where the world is heading in terms of the future of transportation,” says Sarah Barbo, a director in Corporate Strategy. “We believe we have a role to play in that world. We want to get out ahead of it.”