WARREN — Electric vehicle owners in the Mahoning Valley or those just passing through will, in the future, have more options to plug in with help from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
He announced Monday that grants worth about $8 million are going to 25 counties, including Trumbull and Mahoning, to install more than 150 public fast-charging stations for electric vehicles.
Four of the 32 locations across the state are in the Valley – one in Trumbull County will receive $271,720 and three in Mahoning County will receive a total of $895,904.
In northern Ashtabula County, two locations are in line to receive grants totaling $474,960.
In Trumbull County, the money will be used to install four 180-kilowatt single-port chargers to serve four parking spots at the Shell station at 6985 Truck World Blvd., Hubbard. Shell Oil Products US received the grant.
The locations in Mahoning County are:
• Eastern Gateway Community College will receive $420,944 to install five 360-kilowatt dual-port chargers for 10 parking spaces at Thomas Humphries Hall, 101 E. Federal St., Youngstown;
• Shell Oil Products US receives an additional $271,720 to install four 180-kilowatt single-port chargers for four parking spaces at a second Shell station, this one at 998 E. Western Reserve Road, Youngstown;
• Pilot Travel Centers is in line for $203,240 to install two 350-kilowatt dual-port chargers and one 100-kilowatt single-port charger to serve four parking spaces at Pilot Flying J Travel Center Store 11, 10920 Market St., North Lima.
Funding for the grants comes from dollars allocated to Ohio from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund, which resulted from a lawsuit that alleged VW installed devices on certain vehicles from 2009 to 2016 that made the vehicles appear to be complaining emissions standards, when in fact they were not.
This comes as the automotive industry undertakes a massive transition from gasoline-powered vehicles to electric vehicles, pulling consumers on the journey.
The U.S. government is also helping to light the way with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement in late September that all 50 states have received final approval to begin construction of a nationwide network of electric vehicle charging stations.
The plan is to place one approximately every 50 miles along interstate highways.
Final approval of the last remaining stations triggered the release of $1.5 billion in federal funds to all jurisdictions across the country – or $5 billion over five years – to install or upgrade chargers along 75 000 miles of highway from coast to coast, with a goal of 500,000 EV chargers nationwide.
The construction of new charging points for electric vehicles on the American network could begin next spring.
The U.S. government will also provide an additional $2.5 billion for local grants to fill remaining gaps in the charging network in rural areas and in disadvantaged communities, which are less likely to own more expensive electric vehicles or have more electricity. have charging stations readily available nearby. The Federal Highway Administration said last month it would begin accepting applications for that money later this year.