More attention is being placed on Michigan’s role as a world leader in mobile technology and electrification — as well as that role’s link to expanding economic opportunity.
“Michigan put the world on wheels; and as we move into the next generation of transportation technologies, we need to assure we remain the global hub for the mobility industry,” said Trevor Pawl, chief mobility officer at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. “Last year we established the Office of Future Mobility and Electricification, which is leveraging Michigan’s competitive advantages when it comes to the strength of our mobility ecosystem.”
The new office focuses on multiple targets, including increased mobility investment in Michigan, job creation from tech companies, expanding Michigan’s smart infrastructure, supporting the transition from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles and expanding access to charging infrastructure.
According to the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification’s website, it will work with state government, academia and private industry as well as support startup to scaleup emerging technologies and businesses.
“We need to make sure our state isn’t only a place where mobility solutions are born, it’s also where companies will find long-term success and support,” Pawl said. “While Michigan remains an undisputed leader in mobility, there is more work to be done, including increasing the state’s share of electric vehicle production, building a stronger pipeline of software engineering talent, and leveraging technology to reduce traffic crashes and fatalities.”
To learn more about the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the work it’s doing, visit planetm.com.