Electric Vehicles and Urban Inequalities in Detroit:
How can Detroit ensure an equitable EV transition for all its residents?
Low-income communities in the City of Detroit are not in a position to reap the same benefits of EVs as wealthier residents
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Michigan is actively working towards becoming a top producer within the electric vehicle (EV) industry. The State of Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification has the goal to develop and construct infrastructure for approximately 2 million EVs by 2030. In March 2023, Detroit’s mayor announced the transition of the city’s fleet to all-electric. While a rapid transition could benefit Detroit by providing new jobs and a cleaner environment, a big question remains – will this transition be equitable and accessible to all communities?