COLUMBUS — Public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are now available at four state-owned locations thanks to funds provided by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Volkswagen Mitigation Settlement and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). Two sites are located at ODOT facilities, District 8 headquarters in Lebanon, OH and a District 7 maintenance facility near Clayton, OH. Two additional site locations are at Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) parks, Hueston Woods State Park near Oxford, OH and Caesar’s Creek State Park near Waynesville, OH. The Level 2 chargers are fully operational and can be found on the PlugShare EV charging app.
“We’re seeing a shift to electric vehicles underway in the market. Legacy companies are pivoting to new ways of doing business and startups are entering the sector,” said Jack Marchbanks, Director, ODOT. “By installing these electric vehicle chargers at state facilities, Ohio will continue leading the way in the changing landscape of transportation and help mitigate range anxiety in the process.”
“We are looking forward to the opportunities that will come as a result of this project, this is just the beginning” said Mary Mertz, Director, ODNR. “We hope the installation of charging stations at state parks and lodges will allow electric vehicle drivers to travel further and explore more of Ohio’s natural wonders.”
Electrada, an Ohio company, has partnered with ODOT and ODNR on this project and will own, operate, and maintain the EV charging equipment installed. Across the four sites there are 12 new Level 2 charging stations installed. Level 2 charging is well-suited for attractions and workplaces across Ohio, allowing EV owners to restore significant charge to their vehicles at a lower voltage over the course of a few hours.
“The electric vehicle market is growing extremely quickly, and we recognize the need to meet growing driver demand by installing more of these easily accessible and dependable charging stations,” said Kevin Kushman, CEO of Electrada. “We are thrilled to add more charging ports to make it easier for EV owners to power their vehicles.”
In the past year DriveOhio has released two studies focused on statewide EV policy. The first from 2020, was the Electric Vehicle Charging Study. In the study, a state-wide strategy was outlined, identifying key steps that are necessary for expanding Ohio’s EV impact. The strategy identified various charging sites needed to build EV-friendly corridors throughout the state.
The second EV policy piece, Ohio Freight Electrification Study was released in September of 2021. This report details existing practices and the future framework needed to facilitate the freight and logistics industries transition to EVs. Through an industry lens, the study evaluates the current state of play, and feedback was collected from industry early adopters.
As EVs scale on our roadway’s, public/private projects such as this will help facilitate the charging infrastructure buildout that will be needed over the next decade as EV sales continue to increase year over year.