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Transportation Next: Michigan’s Big Plans to Become Smart, Clean, and Electric (September 24, 2020)


With guest Trevor Pawl, Chief of Michigan’s New Office of Future Mobility and Electrification

The West Coast is burning, the Gulf Coast is flooding — and here on the Third Coast, Michigan is getting ready to be part of the climate change solution.  Gasoline engines and “dumb highways” are on their way out, and Michigan has a new office that aims to place the state at the center of a new generation of electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturing, tech-enabled highway corridors, and much more “smart” infrastructure to move people and goods.

“The Energy Show” is the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition Livestream program that looks at the future of energy use in the UP.  On this program we interviewed Trevor Pawl, head of Michigan’s new Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME). OFME is designed to position the state to take advantage of emerging large-scale trends in transportation, pushing us past a reliance on fossil fuels and towards a future where transportation is clean, shared, electrified, and connected.

The discussion includes key insights into the Office’s focus areas, first initiatives, and building on successful state-led mobility efforts through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Department of Transportation and others.

As Chief Mobility Officer for the State of Michigan, Trevor Pawl is responsible for working across state government, academia and private industry to grow Michigan’s mobility ecosystem through strategic policy recommendations and new support services for companies focused on the future of transportation. Prior to this role, Pawl served as the Senior Vice President of Business Innovation at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, as well as in other business positions. Pawl holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Marketing from Grand Valley State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Detroit Mercy.


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