COLUMBUS – State Rep. Elliot Forhan (D-South Euclid) today applauds the announcement that Ohio is the first state in the nation to break ground on an electric vehicle (EV) charging station built as part of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program under President Joe Biden.
“Thanks to President Joe Biden, Ohio has been enabled to take the first step to achieving a clean-energy future,” said Rep. Forhan. “By investing in electric vehicle infrastructure, passenger rails, and public transit, Ohio will lower its carbon footprint dramatically and begin leading the nation in energy efficiency.”
This milestone is the latest in a series of major EV advancements made by the state in recent years. Ohio was the first state in the nation to release a request for charging station proposals last year, which was a strategic move to put Ohio ahead of other states for sought-after equipment and specialized technicians to install the stations. Showing a continued urgency to give Ohioans an advantage in the shift to electric, Ohio was also the first state in the country to announce the future sites of its first round of EV charging stations.
The nation's first NEVI charging station is being built at the Pilot Travel Center along Interstate 70 on U.S. Route 42, west of Columbus. In addition to this first site along I-70, construction is expected to begin soon on more than two dozen fast charging stations funded by NEVI across the state. All chargers installed as part of the first round are anticipated to be operational by the end of 2024.
In total, Ohio will receive $140 million in federal NEVI funds over the next five years to support the installation of EV charging stations across the state.