Its automotive history may have positioned Michigan as a natural laboratory for advancing the latest in battery storage for cars, but other sectors are pushing the state onto the global energy-storage stage.
Veteran Republican lawmaker Pat Garofalo has been driving to the Minnesota State Capitol and his private sector job in style in his Tesla Model S, which he purchased in November.
Ohio advocates are trying to encourage more employers to install electric vehicle charges as the technology becomes more mainstream.
Ohio, ranked third in the nation in the auto supply chain, is well positioned to attract companies that build electric vehicles or produce parts for them.
A pilot project in Indianapolis will test new technology that enables electric cars to communicate directly with utilities to find the cheapest time to charge.