Consumers Energy wants businesses, schools and governments to switch to electric vehicles, and the utility is putting up $3 million in incentives.

Consumers announced its PowerMIFleet program on Monday, June 7, offering between $5,000 and $70,000 rebates for workplaces to install electric vehicle chargers. The rebate varies, based on which charger is installed.

Consumers is only offering the rebates to its electricity customers. The utility provides electricity to most of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, except for southeast Michigan and a few other patches.

PowerMIFleet also includes expertise and consultation services for the organizations getting the rebates.

“Consumers Energy will connect Michigan businesses, local governments and school bus fleets with the planning resources, expert guidance and financial incentives to easily and cost-effectively transition to electric vehicles,” said Lauren Youngdahl Snyder, Consumers vice president, in a news release.

Participants must agree to share their charger usage data with Consumers to get the rebate.

The Jackson-based utility also has a program called PowerMIDrive, which gives rebates for people to install electric vehicle chargers at their home or business for people to power their personal vehicles.

In the past two years, Consumers has given 800 rebates for electric vehicle chargers. It’s goal is to spur 200 new fast charging stations and 2,000 home and residential chargers in the next three years.

“Michigan was the birthplace of the American auto industry,” Youngdahl Snyder said. “Now, we are the center of the industry’s clean energy revolution.”

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