Southfield (CBS Detroit) – From electric vehicles to electric city planes and drones, the conversation on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” revolved around the mobility revolution as Mujeeb Ijaz, founder / CEO of Our Next Energy Inc., Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer of the State of Michigan, Brett Adcock, Co-Founder & Co-CEO of Archer Aviation, and Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHauto and Vice President of Mobility of the Detroit Regional Chamber, appear to be talking about recent developments .
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Ijaz spoke with Carol Cain, Senior Producer / Host, as he discussed the details of his headline, where he got 752 miles of driving a Tesla S retrofitted using his innovative Genesis battery that ran the distance on a December 17 charge. He traveled across Michigan and walked an average of 55 miles per hour. That’s more than double the distance most electric cars get on a single charge.
Pawl talked about dramatic and rapid changes taking place in mobility – both on the roads and also in the sky, while he talked about drones. The state and Canada will soon test drones to transport medical supplies and other things across the border.
Pawl also talked about wireless roads in Michigan, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced last fall.
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Adcock talked about Archer Aviation’s eVTOL – an electric aircraft – which made its first glider flight on 16 December. The two-seater was unveiled in June and the company hopes it will offer a solution for travel in congested cities. Archer has just signed an OEM contract with Auburn Hills-based Stellantis, and Adcock also talked about it.
Stevens talked about the need for more EV charging stations in Michigan and also the right talent – something that was a problem before the pandemic and became more pronounced. He tells how MICHauto would focus on helping ease the job crisis in 2022.
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Watch Michigan means something, Sunday at 8 on CBS 62