On July 1, Ohio EPA opened applications and released full program details for $3.25 million in grants for publicly accessible electric vehiclecharging stations. While all eligible parties can apply directly, if your organization is seeking assistance, Clean Fuels Ohio can provide information resources, project competitiveness vetting, and grant writing services.
Eligible applicants include public or private entities in the 26 counties that Ohio EPA has identified as eligible to receive funds from the grant program. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, 2020.
For chargers located on Government Owned Property, Ohio EPA will provide the lesser of:
$7,500 per single port networked Level 2 charger or up to 100% of eligible project costs
$15,000 per dual port networked Level 2 charger or up to 100% of eligible project costs
For chargers located on Non-Government Owned Property, Ohio EPA will provide the lesser of:
$7,500 per single port networked Level 2 charger or up to 80% of eligible project costs
$15,000 per dual port networked Level 2 charger or up to 80% of eligible project costs
Recipients of a grant for charging stations under this program are required to operate and maintain the chargers for a minimum of 5 years from the date the chargers are first put into service.
“These funds from the Volkswagen settlement will help Ohio keep up with transportation technology advances well into the future,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “The grants will benefit Ohio residents and visitors to our state. I encourage those eligible to apply for the grants.”
“As more people drive electric vehicles, it is vital to add charging stations across Ohio,” Ohio EPA Director Laurie A. Stevenson said. “These grants will make it easier for people to drive electric vehicles and all Ohioans can reap the environmental benefit from reduced auto emissions.”
Ohio EPA launched this application process in coordination with the release of DriveOhio’s Electric Vehicle Charging Study which outlines strategies to expand accessibility for electric vehicles across the state. Clean Fuels Ohio assisted HNTB and ODOT staff in the preparation of this study, which details key gaps in Ohio’s charging network on key high traffic corridors and destination charging network and strategies and best practices to expand Ohio’s charging network.
“There is a paradigm shift underway in the transportation industry. Legacy companies are pivoting to new ways of doing business and startups are entering the market,” said Jack Marchbanks, Director of the Ohio Department of Transportation. “By working towards EV-friendly corridors, Ohio will continue leading the way in the changing landscape of transportation.”
For More Information on the Ohio EPA EVSE Grants or the Drive Ohio Electric Vehicle Charging study, contact Andrew Conley, Clean Fuels Ohio Consulting Services Director by calling 614-884-7336 ext. 306 or by emailing Andrew@CleanFuelsOhio.org.