LANSING – Over $ 444,000 in grants awarded to test mobility and electric vehicle solutions in Flint, East Lansing, Detroit and Southeast Michigan and Washtenaw County.
The Office of Future Mobility and Electrification, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Department of Transportation, launched the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform to provide grants to mobility and electrification companies who wish to deploy their technology solutions in the state of Michigan.
“Michigan entrepreneurs and innovators are leading the way for transportation, mobility and electrification solutions that will impact around the world, while creating economic opportunities here in the state,” said Trevor Pawl, director of mobility at the Office for Future Mobility and Electrification. “We are excited to be able to support these deployments through engagement in public / private partnerships as we continue to make Michigan a state where mobility solutions are born. “
The announcement of the first round of grants through the Michigan Mobility Funding Platform builds on the success of a previous mobility initiative by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Michigan Mobility Funding Platform grants focus on catalyzing and scaling mobility solutions that improve environmental sustainability by encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and building EV charging infrastructure. , reduce barriers to mobility and increase access to affordable and reliable transport options and modernize existing transport systems. OFME has partnered with NextEnergy and Newlab to help review and administer grant applications, which are accepted on an ongoing basis at michiganbusiness.org/mobility-funding.
KUHMUTE, which received a grant of $ 89,005, partnered with the City of Flint, Flint DDA and Helbiz to support the installation of multimodal charging centers throughout the City of Flint and encourage adoption. sustainable public transport over the first last mile and increase accessibility to public transport. and local businesses. Micro-transportation such as electric scooters and e-bikes will be able to park and charge at KUHMUTE charging stations located near key destinations including bus stops, apartments, restaurants and hotels.
“In 2018, we launched KUHMUTE to increase the accessibility and sustainability of the way people get around the ‘first and last mile’ with a charging network for anything smaller than a car. Our team is extremely happy to be associated with the community where we started, ”said Peter Deppe, co-founder and CEO of KUHMUTE and alumni of Kettering University. “An independent charging network for electric scooters, e-bikes, wheelchairs, delivery robots and more allows communities to choose the mode of transportation that best suits their trip and their capabilities. Providing choice is a powerful way to increase adoption of the most sustainable forms of mobility, and our team is excited to play a role in this area. “
Kettering University has continued to be a leader in mobility research and technology at the GM Mobility Research Center, as well as in training the next generation workforce with programs like the Master of Science in Engineering with a focus on mobility systems now offered by the University. Earlier this year, the university’s president, Dr Robert K. McMahan, announced a ‘Bright Future’ initiative that advances programs and practical cooperative experiences for students who focus on emerging needs. industry in engineering, human factors, IT, software, AI and more. .
“For over a century, Kettering University has been an example of innovation and education within the automotive and engineering industry here in Michigan and around the world,” said McMahan. “As an institution, we are committed to embracing all facets of mobility to prepare the most qualified and forward-thinking leaders in this vital industry. “
Further demonstrating the state’s leadership in training the workforce around careers related to mobility and electrification, Michigan’s University Research Corridor today released a report showing that the alliance of the Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University lead the nation’s leading academic innovation hubs in preparing the highest number of graduates for careers in the mobility industry – 14,824 at total, more than the university clusters in California, Texas and Massachusetts. It also prepares over 46% of Michigan graduates who hold degrees in high demand by the mobility industry, such as degrees in business, computer science, and engineering.
Additional Michigan Mobility Funding Platform recipients are:
MUVE ($ 125,000)
In collaboration with WAVE (Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express), MUVE will help provide more accessibility options for passengers, dispatchers and drivers and improve operational efficiency through technology that enables transit and on-demand transportation to be fully integrated to help users of all abilities, including the elderly, veterans and others with mobility challenges, reach their destinations safely.
“MUVE is grateful for the continued support of OFME and MDOT in pursuing our mission to bring inclusive mobility and community development to the fore in Michigan,” said Anthony Shannon, co-founder of MUVE. “We see the state of Michigan as the world’s premier market for mobility innovation and look forward to deploying our solution with WAVE as well as with community partners in surrounding areas. We look forward to continuing the important work MUVE is doing in the areas of mobility, community development and inclusion, while working to scale this innovation to the state of Michigan and beyond. . “
Airspace Link ($ 125,000)
Airspace Link will work with a select group of drone operator, healthcare systems and other business partners to establish an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) delivery network in the Southeast Michigan region / Detroit, to transport urgent medical items to improve patient punctuality. care. The project will involve a phased approach, starting with simple point-to-point deliveries which will then expand to include multi-point and longer-distance deliveries that can be scaled up over time.
“We knew Michigan would be a great place to start our business with its deep roots in mobility and we have continued to experience extraordinary growth for our business in this state,” said Michael Healander, CEO of Airspace Link. “The willingness to embrace new technologies and advancements from both the public and private sectors has been critical in fueling our success and positioning Michigan as the premier choice for these types of technology pilots and new infrastructure. Awarding this grant helps us move closer to our vision of a world where the safe integration of drones fuels human progress, advancing social equity, the environment and the economy. We pride ourselves on providing solutions that can increase security and the speed at which those solutions can scale and cannot thank MEDC enough for its support in advancing this mission.
GreenRoute ($ 40,000)
GreenRoute has partnered with DTE to provide customers in DTE’s EV connection community free access to GreenRoute’s energy-efficient EV routing through an iOS app. The routes are customized based on the exact year, make and model of the vehicle and are expected to save drivers 15-20% in battery consumption, which will help alleviate anxiety related to driving. autonomy and accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles in Michigan.
“GreenRoute technology is an inexpensive way to improve fuel economy and extend the range of electric vehicles without paying for a larger battery,” said Sudhindra Uppuluri, co-founder and CTO of GreenRoute. “The road signs we use today were created two decades ago taking into account the speed of travel and not the energy consumption of the route. GreenRoute leverages 20 years of advanced motor vehicle mathematical models along with traffic, predictive driving behavior, and your exact vehicle to deliver a fast, energy-efficient route to your destination. We are excited to partner with DTE Energy to pilot this technology in Southeast Michigan. “
Michigan Flyer ($ 65,000)
With frequent daily round trips between East Lansing, Brighton, Ann Arbor and Detroit Metro Airport and over 200,000 passengers per year, Michigan Flyer, with its parent company Indian Trails, Inc. and technology partners VIA RIDE and Turnit Reservations will develop an API (Application Programming Interface) that allows reservation systems from different transportation providers to exchange data and coordinate with each other. This API will allow passengers to book and pay for end-to-end travel using multiple providers on a single e-ticket. Phase I will focus on providing inter-regional connections for people who live and work in the Greater Lansing and Ann Arbor metropolitan areas.
“Michigan Flyer is uniquely positioned to lead the development of an integrated multimodal system that finally covers the entire distance for passengers,” said Chad Cushman, president of Indian Trails. “It has long-standing public-private partnerships with the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority and Livingston Essential Transportation Services to operate daily service between their areas and the Detroit Metro Airport. Since 2016, it has been testing multi-provider systems to offer door-to-door transport services. And it has the support of people representing several organizations of people with disabilities, including veterans, who will serve as a user testing group for the integrated system.
To learn more about Michigan’s leadership in transportation mobility and electrification, visit www.michiganbusiness.org/mobility.