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  • published Charging forward with EV in Blog 2022-09-20 09:43:56 -0400

    Charging Forward with EV Stations

    We wanted a visible sign of our commitment to addressing climate change, as well as to be able to play an active role in educating our community about the benefits of technology in addressing climate issues. -Steve Bertman, member of Temple B'nai Israel in Kalamazoo

    As the Detroit Auto Show is in full swing, Electric Vehicles are more and more at the forefront, showing us that the transition to EVs is also in full swing. With the tax credits included in the Inflation Reduction Act that offer Americans incentives to purchase new and used electric vehicles, it seems rather clear that Electric Vehicles are not only here to stay, but are beginning to make a major impact on the automotive industry, and hopefully, less impact on the climate.

    Jennifer Odza, a member of Temple B'nai Israel (TBI) in Kalamazoo, charges her electric vehicle while at the synagogue.

    And while a lack of charging stations has been one barrier to the expansion of electric vehicles here in Michigan, we are thankful to share that that does not need to be the case for much longer.

    Houses of worship in Michigan are encouraged to investigate the option of an EV charging station for their own locations. The purchase and installation of a charging station was shown to be very achievable through the inspiring work of Temple B’nai Israel in Kalamazoo, recipients of a Cool Congregations award earlier this year. Steve Bertman, professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University, has paved the way for us to follow, through his experience at Temple B’nai Israel in Kalamazoo.

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