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In September 2011, Clean Fuels Ohio was awarded $500,000, one of sixteen grants nationwide, under the US Department of Energy’s Clean Cities Community Readiness and Planning for Plug-In Electric Vehicles and Charging Infrastructure program to conduct a study that would result in an electric vehicle readiness plan for the State of Ohio.  The EV Readiness Plan for Ohio is the culmination of over two years of collaborative work of a large coalition, led by Clean Fuels Ohio, that has grown to over 200 stakeholders including all major electric utilities, state agencies, metropolitan planning organizations, automobile manufacturers, industry representatives, local governments, universities and research firms.  These stakeholders have been assembled to provide work, support, technical information and feedback necessary to complete a detailed statewide EV and EVSE readiness plan and supporting resources.  The stakeholder group determined that the two primary priorities of the statewide plan were (1) infrastructure planning, and (2) education and outreach.

Recommendations from the Study

1. Prepare municipalities to enable a proactive approach to permitting. Focus funding and advocacy efforts on the communities predicted to have the highest number of early EV owners. Share the outcomes statewide to benefit all communities.

2. Modernize the utility grid. Utilities should maximize planning opportunities over the next decade before EV ownership is widespread. The dawn of a new technology is a prime opportunity to examine transformer capacity and modernize the system.

3. Identify likely consumers statewide. Replicate the demographic analysis and EV adoption projections in this report for other Ohio MSAs including Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo, and Dayton, which will help prepare municipalities and support the utilities’ need for information relevant to their infrastructure.

4. Site charging stations strategically. Thoughtful and purposeful placement of charging stations within metro areas and across the state will encourage greater and faster EV adoption. Haphazard or unplanned deployment of charging stations could have the opposite effect, creating a chaotic approach that will deter an uninformed public wary to test a new technology.

5. Commission a statewide economic impact study of the EV market in Ohio. Early indicators in this report demonstrate that electric vehicles can be a tremendous asset to Ohio’s economic engine. A study focused on the economic impact and potential of electric vehicles could further refine the goals introduced in this report, and enable policy makers to create an environment welcoming to EVs and their statewide impact.

6. Educate consumers on the true costs and benefits of EVs. The results of the marketing study clearly demonstrate that while Ohioans are aware of electric vehicles, they are unaware of their competitive total cost and other benefits. Once consumers experience these vehicles and are provided tangible performance statistics, it is likely that more consumers will choose EVs for their next car.

7. Incentivize EV ownership. The State of Ohio and its utilities are alone among the five neighboring  states in not providing any tax incentives, grants or rebates within the EV sphere – for vehicle purchase, manufacturing, research or equipment – meaning the state is not taking advantage of the job-creating engine that EVs and their supporting infrastructure can be. To demonstrate leadership and attract the robust resources that accompany EVs, the state must bolster its offerings or risk losing growth opportunities to neighboring states with policies and incentives that encourage EV adoption.

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