Ohio Prepares to Improve Electric Vehicle Infrastructure as Sales Rise | The sound of ideas
Over the next 5 years, Ohio is expected to receive over $140 million federal dollars specifically to improve the state’s electric vehicle infrastructure.
It is part of a $5 billion federal spending plan to increase the amount of support for electric vehicles — mostly by adding charging stations — across the country.
This is part of a broader initiative by the Biden administration to address climate change, but also a way to support the potential for manufacturing jobs that go hand in hand with meeting our electric vehicle needs.
But while EVs still lag behind in terms of sales, accounting for just 3% of auto sales in 2021, those sales represent a 94% increase over the number of EVs sold in 2020.
Some economic forecasters predict that electric vehicles will account for 10% of the total number of automobiles on the road by 2025, and in the same breath point out how our current electric vehicle infrastructure does not support this projected number.
That’s definitely the case here in Ohio, as clean energy advocates say Ohio needs to adapt quickly to these growing electric vehicle sales…even if state registrations only showed 14,000 cars in circulation last June.
In today’s Sound of Ideas, we learn where the state is in supporting this still-new technology and what the next few years have in store.
Joining us for the conversation are Tom Bullock, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board of Ohio, Martin Cohen, energy policy consultant, and Kathiann Kowalski, reporter who covers energy in Ohio for Energy News Network.