Following completion of 11 successful events during National Drive Electric Week (NDEW), Drive Electric Ohio (DEO) is moving into a new phase. The program will leverage momentum from NDEW events by building locally-based EV education and advocacy groups, and supporting them with training, information, local policy and connections. While focusing locally, Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) also will continue to work at the state-level. Priorities include work with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio and utilities themselves to support development of EV charging programs, developing EV charging through Ohio’s VW settlement funding, and potential policy issues within the Ohio General Assembly.
“Before the end of 2018, we want to hold meetings with emerging DEO leaders and key stakeholders to help them map out local strategies and build or strengthen their organizations,” said Ellen Eilers, Program Manager for Drive Electric Ohio.
Eilers added that existing and emerging local EV education and advocacy groups anywhere in Ohio will have the opportunity to affiliate as Drive Electric Ohio partners. Besides accessing a variety of valuable program resources and gaining broader visibility, DEO partners across the state will learn from and help support each other. Currently, priority regions include Cincinnati, Dayton, Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Toledo, and Athens. However, CFO welcomes any like-minded group from around Ohio to affiliate with DEO.
Specifically, DEO’s near-term agenda includes:
Develop new or strengthen existing independent local EV education and advocacy groups.
Assist in accessing VW Settlement funding for new EV charging stations.
Achieve progress toward creation of utility-based EV charging investment programs by engaging the PUCO and individual utilities.
Help local groups map out plans for EV consumer education events and other activities through 2018 & provide training and materials for these efforts.
Encourage and support integration of “Student EV Ambassadors” to support these efforts.
Plan EV auto dealer engagement program in coordination with local EV groups.
Reach out to advocates for low income access to transportation services and environmental justice to identify potential areas of interest related to EVs.
Educate fleet leaders on EV options – as part of a broader approach that includes ALL advanced and domestic fuel and vehicle options.
Help local groups initiate work on local building code, permitting, and parking policies.
Educate state legislators on EV-related policies.
Create and support a DEO statewide stakeholders group.
The Drive Electric Ohio portion of CFO’s website also is undergoing a major makeover. Those interested can like the Drive Electric Ohio Facebook page to stay up-to-date with all things EV in Ohio! Those interested in getting involved can email Ellen Eilers or Kathy Truong at Ellen@CleanFuelsOhio.org or Kathy@CleanFuelsOhio.org, post to our Facebook page, or just call (614) 884-7336.