Electric vehicles in Ohio
Why EVs and solar?
Electric vehicles (EVs) are quickly becoming a more affordable and lower maintenance option than traditional gasoline- or diesel-fueled cars for Ohioans.
EVs and solar in Ohio
As of 2018, Ohio was home to over 9,000 electric vehicles, however, the state has not developed strong incentives for the adoption of EVs. Currently, electric vehicles are exempt from the state’s emissions testing requirement where required. Ohio does not offer any discounts or tax incentives for purchasing EVs.
In April of 2018, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio issued an order approving a settlement reached between American Electric Power (AEP), stakeholders, and the Commission, which includes an electric vehicle program to promote EV charging market development. The program will consist of two rebate offerings. Up to $3.8 million will fund rebates for 300 level 2 charging stations at various public locations (including in low-income areas), workplaces, and at multi-unit dwellings. Up to $5.8 million will fund rebates for 75 DC fast charging stations at publicly available locations.
The city of Columbus is helping advance the state towards a cleaner and smarter transportation future as well. In 2016 the city beat out several other entrants to win the Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge grant that promises to pump $40 million into Smart Columbus and next generation mobility. One example of how the city is rolling out its program is the summer 2018 opening of the Smart Columbus Experience Center, which will help educate the public about transportation innovation and EVs.
Ohio’s plan for spending the $75 million it will receive as a part of the Volkswagen Clean Air Act Settlement funding will also have an impact on the state’s EV market. The draft plan, which includes $11 million for EV charging infrastructure, has been formulated and has gone through a public comment period. The Ohio EPA is reviewing public feedback and plans to announce grant opportunities in the summer of 2018.