Where is Ohio with electric vehicle adoption
It has already allocated $3 million to install 120 charging stations in public places across its five-county territory. Its planned sites include Avon City Hall, Brecksville Community Center, Geauga County Courthouse in Chardon, Lakeland Community College and Medina County Jail.
Now, with additional federal funds from the Department of Transportation’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program, NOACA will have $20 million available for additional public charging stations.
Grace Gallucci, executive director and CEO of NOACA, believes that replacing gasoline-powered cars with electric vehicles can play an important role in reducing air pollution.
“We want to make sure electric vehicle charging is available in as many public places as possible,” she said. “That includes libraries and parks, but it also includes places where people live in rented or multifamily homes and can’t install their own home chargers.”
The Ohio EPA is also lending a hand. Using funds from the settlement of a lawsuit alleging violations of the federal Clean Air Act, it awarded $7 million to support the installation of electric vehicle charging ports at public and private locations in the whole state. The Cleveland Clinic has asked the EPA for chargers at all eligible hospitals and family health centers and, in a press release, said it has begun installing what could be up to 124 spaces recharge in 22 of its locations. It currently has 14 spots at four locations in northeast Ohio.
“This initiative supports Cleveland Clinic’s commitment to clean air and healthy communities,” a press release read. “The electric vehicle chargers will be publicly available for patients, caregivers and visitors. They will be compatible with all current models of electric vehicles.”
The question of compatibility – which vehicles can use which type of charger – shouldn’t be a problem for most EV owners. The most common chargers are called Level 1 and Level 2 chargers, which use the same standard plug. DC chargers and the Tesla Supercharger are sometimes referred to as Level 3 and are less common and can only be used by certain vehicles, for example Tesla vehicles.
However you charge, it’s not as fast as pumping gas. Level 1 chargers use a standard 120-volt outlet and are generally intended for home use, as it can take up to 12 hours to get a full charge. Level 2 chargers use a 240 volt outlet and are the type used at public charging stations. Depending on the vehicle and charger connection, they can provide a range of 12 to 80 miles per hour. Level 3 charges 10 or more miles per minute.
Blink Charging Co., a Miami Beach company that installs and operates charging stations, is involved in several programs in Ohio, including installations at the clinic.
“What we’re doing is Tier 2 chargers because a lot of businesses want that, because you have employees who go to work all day or shoppers who spend a lot of time in malls,” said Jon Myers, Media Director of Blink Charging. . “DC fast chargers are making a splash, especially on major highways where people don’t want to spend a lot of time stopping to charge.”
The cost of a filler varies. On the Ohio Turnpike, which currently offers charging at four service places (two in each direction), the rate is 40 cents per minute for DC fast charging and 3 cents per minute for Level 2 charging. City of Lakewood has several public charging stations, including at City Hall and the Serpentini Winterhurst Ice Rink, and was offering the service free to residents until earlier this year. It instituted a charge of 24 cents per kilowatt hour on March 1.