Michigan Needs The Build Back Better Act’s Electric Vehicle And Clean Energy Investments

President Biden’s Visit Highlights The Importance Of Passing The Build Back Better Act for Michigan’s Economy 

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act  will benefit Michigan’s electric vehicle industry and bolster the state’s electric grid. However, it is only the first step in unlocking the state’s full clean energy potential. The Build Back Better Act would turbocharge the industry, creating thousands of good-paying jobs in Michigan by making critical climate investments in electric vehicles and clean energy manufacturing and production. Here’s why Michigan needs the climate investments in the Build Back Better Act now:

Michigan Is Leading The Way On Electric Vehicle Manufacturing. 

  • Michigan is first in the nation in EV manufacturing jobs, with the sector employing over 24,000 Michiganders at the end of 2019 
  • General Motors announced that it is investing $2.2 billion in remaking a former Detroit car manufacturing plant into Factory ZERO, an all-electric vehicle assembly plan, creating 2,200 good paying union jobs. 
  • Ford announced a $700 million investment at its historic Rouge complex in Dearborn to produce its new F-150 EV models. The investment includes a new 500,000 sq ft EV manufacturing facility at its Dearborn Truck plant, and will bring a total of 500 new jobs.
  • In 2021, Magna, a Canadian mobility technology company, announced plans to build a $70 million EV battery facility in St. Clair. The facility is expected to produce battery enclosures for the 2022 GMC Hummer EV, and is set to produce 304 jobs over the next five years.

The Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act Will Help Grow The Electric Vehicle Market.

  • The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provides a $7.5 billion investment in EV charging stations. 
    • For Michigan, this means an additional $110 million to expand the state’s EV charging network — including stations around Lake Michigan and other popular tourist destinations.

Congress Needs To Pass The Build Back Better Act In Order To Truly Accelerate The Electric Vehicle Market.

  • The Build Back Better Act includes a $12,500 tax credit to help Americans purchase union-made EVs, like those built right here in Michigan. 
    • Nearly 2.1 million vehicles were made in Michigan in 2017, and the state’s auto manufacturers are in prime position to build the electric cars of the future. 
  • The Build Back Better Act includes a $13.5 billion investment in EV infrastructure to support the construction of a nationwide network of EV charging stations.
    • Experts concluded that the $7.5 billion investment under the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act is not enough to spur widespread electric vehicle adoption, demonstrating the need for the Build Back Better Act.
  • The Build Back Better Act includes $220 million in funding for advanced manufacturing research and development and Michigan has the workforce to put this funding into action right away.
    • Michigan is home to the 5th largest advanced manufacturing workforce in the nation, with more than 66,000 workers employed in advanced manufacturing industries in 2019. 
    • More than 13,000 workers in Michigan are employed in industries related to Industry 4.0 and automation — the most in the nation.
    • More than 2,200 facilities conduct automotive research, design, engineering, testing and validation in the state. 

The Build Back Better Act Will Help Reduce Climate Pollution And Create Jobs While Investing In Environmental Justice. 

  • The Build Back Better Act will make direct investments in low-income and  communities of color, who have historically bore the burden of pollution and are the most vulnerable to climate change impacts. 
  • The Build Back Better Act will create millions of jobs and invest in workforce development to train workers for better jobs. These programs will also train a more diverse workforce that will address climate change and focus on community resilience projects around the country.
  • The Build Back Better Act will lower household energy costs by investing in clean energy, energy efficiency and home weatherization programs. 
    • A report from the Rhodium Group found that the average U.S. household would save roughly $500 a year in energy costs under the Build Back Better Act.

Voters In Michigan Support Bold Climate Action and the Clean Energy Investments In The Build Back Better Act.