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Ohio EPA Offering Grants for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
Online Meetings Scheduled July 9 & 14
Ohio EPA is accepting applications for $3.25 million in grants for publicly accessible electric vehicle charging stations. 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.
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 electronic vehicles across the state.
“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.”
Prospective applicants are invited to attend instructional webinars on how to apply for the grants. The webinars will be held as follows:
Thursday, July 9, 2-3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 14, 10-11:30 a.m.
Funding for the electric vehicle charging station grants comes from dollars allocated to Ohio from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. A lawsuit alleged that VW installed defeat devices on certain vehicles (model years 2009-2016). The devices activated during emissions testing made vehicles appear to be compliant with the law, when in fact, during an on-road operation, the vehicles emitted nine to 40 times the allowable amount of nitrogen oxides, a harmful air pollutant. A settlement filed with the federal court allocated funds to states based on the number of vehicles with the illegal devices that were registered in each state.
During his time as Attorney General, Governor DeWine, along with other state attorneys general, worked to ensure that states would receive their share of funding from the settlement. The trust agreement requires each state to develop a plan identifying how funding will be allocated to 10 allowable uses that can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and offset damages. Eligible projects include replacement or engine repowers of the following: aging diesel trucks; school, shuttle, and transit buses; ferries and tugboats; switcher locomotives; airport ground support equipment; forklifts; and cargo handling equipment in ports. Funds also may be used to install shore power for ocean-going vessels in Great Lakes ports and charging or fueling units for light duty zero-emission vehicles. Ohio EPA has offered three rounds of grant opportunities to replace aging diesel engine fleets.
A copy of the program plan is on the Office of Environmental Education web page.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.