Increasing electrified transportation in Ann Arbor is an important way our community can become more sustainable. As our electricity grid becomes cleaner, electric vehicles provide an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gases and improve air quality. Also, electric vehicles cost less to operate and maintain than their internal combustion engine counterparts.
Learn More About EVs
Depending on how much you drive, an electric vehicle may be a great option. Learn more about how electric vehicles compare to your current vehicle with this Department of Energy calculator.
There are federal, state, and utility incentives for electric vehicles. Learn more at AFDC.energy.gov.
And stay tuned as the City is exploring bulk buy discounts to help bring EV ownership closer for more Ann Arborites. To stay up to date on this work, send an email to sustai[email protected] and include the subject: EV bulk buy.
Find a Charger
Wondering where in town you can charge your EV? Check out this interactive map presented by the Downtown Development Authority.
Traveling out of town? Here's a map from the Department of Energy for all charging stations in the U.S. and Canada.
And did you know that DTE's Charging Forward program provides a discount for installing a Level 2 charger at your home? Learn more and apply on the DTE website.
EV Charging at Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDs)
Most EV charging is done at a driver's residence, but there are many residents of Ann Arbor that don't have total discretion over installing an EV charger where they park their vehicle. This could be due to property management, condominium associations, legal concerns, metering considerations, and shared parking spaces, among other hurdles. These issues can be complex, but are surmountible. Resouces, best practices and case studies are available as more MUDs address their needs for EV charging. If you are a resident or staff at a MUD, and are interested in learning more about EV charging, email Simi Barr.
9/18/2020: Ann Arbor Mayor Chris Taylor, sporting both bicycle and public health safety with a helmet and mask, tries out an electric bike.
Electric bicycles are becoming increasingly popular around the world. By integrating a bicycle with a small motor, e-bikes take range and hill anxiety out of bicycling. If you want a workout, turn off the motor, and if you want to commute without sweating through your clothes, use the pedal assist feature to increase power output. Check out the links below for further information on e-bikes, their costs, and benefits.
E-Bike Discount Program
The Ann Arbor Community e-Bike Discount Program is a pilot program to gauge the community's interest in e-bikes. The pilot in being done in partnership with local bike vendors, Common Cycle
, and the City of Ann Arbor. E-bike purveyors interested in joining the program should contact Simi Barr
The City of Ann Arbor has worked with local bike vendors to identify and discount bikes with wide adoption potential in our community. Discounts have been provided by the local retailers who want to promote bike transit and carbon neutrality in our community.
Bikes were identified for discount based on characteristics which make widely useable. Some of these characteristics include:
- Comfortable regardless of body type
- Capable on and off road
- Accessories included
- Replaceable batteries
- Rugged and reliable
- Robust manufacturer warranties
Participating vendors and their promotions are described below. These are standing offers. If you decide to purchase a discounted model, let the salesperson know and they will ensure the discount is reflected in your purchase. Names and contact information will be collected with purchase, and you may be contacted by city staff for an optional survey.Human Electric Hybrids
: Human Electric Hybrids is a local e-bike shop that recently moved to Kerrytown. They specialize in selling and servicing e-bikes and cargo bikes. Human Electric Hybrids is providing $100 discounts on select e-bikes, along with an additional $50 in store credit, if you purchase select bikes during 3 weekly time blocks. The discounted bikes are the Magnum Pathfinder
and Raleigh Detour iE ST
. Arbor Vacuum
: Arbor Vacuum has been a local small appliance vendor for over 4 decades. In recent years, the shop has stocked and sold IZIP e-bikes
. IZIP offers a range of e-bike styles including commuter bikes, mountain bikes, and cruisers. Arbor Vacuum is discounting all e-bikes by $100 beyond the current sale price.
Sic Transit Cycles
: Sic Transit Cycles is a local full-service cycling shop that's been in operation for over 10 years. They specialize in non-motorized bikes and are knowledgeable in recreational riding, cyclocross and touring, and road riding. Because of Sic’s support for non-motorized transportation in our community, their team has decided to offer a discounted ‘Commuter Kit’ available to all customers. The kit includes any in-stock GIRO Caden helmet, Kryptonite U-lock, and NiteRider USB combo lights. Buy one of each and get 15% off!
How can my organization get involved in the pilot e-Bike Community Discount Program?
If you are a seller of electric bikes and would like to join our pilot program, we'd love to have you. To learn more and discuss the program in greater depth, contact Simi Barr