EV & alternative fuels infrastructure: Ohio tackling both, Louisiana passes bill on EV charging
Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) and other stakeholders gave an update Wednesday on progress made in building out electric vehicle (EV) charging and compressed natural gas vehicle fueling infrastructure along the I-80 corridor within Ohio. Eventually, all 2,900 miles of the corridor will be connected from state to state with EV charging and alternative fuel infrastructure. To date, Clean Fuels Ohio has worked on outreach to stakeholders including potential fleet adopters, municipalities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and others. There are currently five DCFC stations along the corridor that meet Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) requirements to include simultaneous charging for four 150-kilowatt chargers and a minimum station power capability at or above 600 kilowatts, according to CFO Grant and Program Manager Jenna Ellingson.
CFO has also built a CNG station in Girard and another one is planned for the eastern side of the state. Part of the project, and its funding, comes from Ohio’s stake in the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program to build out a national charging network. CFO also worked with state senators to write a bill to train Ohio’s workforce and retool auto factories and shops for EV production and repair with a proposed $25. Senate Bill 307, known as “Accelerating Ohio’s Auto Industry,” or AOAI, focuses on preparing for the expected influx and popularity of EVs, including battery electric vehicles (BEVs), plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), and hybrids by creating three programs – one focused on incentives, another on retooling and equipment, and a third on training and modernization.
For more information about the I-80 corridor project or about other Clean Fuels Ohio initiatives and resources, contact CFO Consulting Services Manager Brandon Jones via email at [email protected] Also on Wednesday, a bill in Louisiana passed the House that “seeks to open up investment opportunities to other companies by ‘urging’ the Public Service Commission to exclude vehicle charging stations from the definition of a public utility… [to] allow small companies, like those that own convenience stores and gas stations, to enter the vehicle charging market and make a profit off of charging stations,” according to the Louisiana Illuminator. The bill states, in part, that “The Louisiana Legislature hereby finds it necessary and in the best interest of the state to promote rapid development of a statewide electric vehicle charging network by… improving the quantity, quality, and variety of electric vehicle charging amenities and consumer experience services available in the state…”
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