Ohio has become the first state in the U.S. to start construction on an electric vehicle (EV) charging station as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program. Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Transportation Director Jack Marchbanks made the announcement, emphasizing the importance of preparing infrastructure for the increasing number of EVs on the roads.
The charging station will be located along Interstate 70 at U.S. 42, near Columbus, Ohio. Equipped with fast chargers, the station will provide up to 350 kilowatts (kW) of power when charging a single vehicle and up to 175 kW when charging four vehicles simultaneously. This means that EVs can be charged up to 80% in just 20 to 40 minutes, depending on the vehicle.
In addition to fast charging capabilities, the station will provide 24-hour access to Wi-Fi and convenience items for purchase. This focus on customer service and convenience aims to improve the overall experience for Ohio drivers and promote equitable access to advanced transportation technologies.
Ohio has been making significant strides in developing EV infrastructure, with various EV-related initiatives and investments. Governor DeWine highlighted the state’s commitment to positioning Ohioans for an electric future, from securing investments from manufacturers to building key infrastructure.
Moreover, construction on more than two dozen additional fast charging stations in Ohio is expected to begin in the near future. All projects in the first round of the NEVI Program are anticipated to be operational by the end of 2024.
In addition to the NEVI Program, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services is planning to install six EV charging stations in three state-owned office buildings. However, the timeline for the completion of those charging stations is currently unknown.
Overall, Ohio’s efforts to expand EV charging infrastructure demonstrate a commitment to embracing clean transportation and ensuring the state is prepared for the growing number of electric vehicles on the roads.
– Ohio Governor’s Office
– Ohio Department of Transportation
– Ohio Department of Administrative Services