Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Case Study - City of Columbus, Ohio

The City of Columbus, Ohio is deploying an electrical vehicle charging network to support alternative modes of transportation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles, and reduce waste energy emitted from vehicles that contribute to the city's urban heat islands.

The City of Columbus has provided over 20 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to the public throughout the city and has plans to install more as part of its "Smart Columbus" program. EV drivers can find find charging stations on the U.S. Department of Energy's “station locator tool.”

In June 2016, US Department of Transportation named Columbus as the winner of a $40 million Smart Cities grant. In addition, Vulcan Inc. contributed another $10 million to incorporate more electric vehicle infrastructure into the city. The Mayor’s office has been working with public and private partners in early phases of the project to define the “Smart Columbus” vision, finalize planning efforts, and begin implementation. 

Sustainable transportation is one of the five pillars of the “Smart Columbus” vision.1 Under this pillar, the city will make investments, develop programs, and design creative incentives for energy efficiency, transportation electrification, and greenhouse gas reduction that are environmentally and financially sustainable. Columbus will do this in three separate, but related, efforts. First, Columbus will electrify its light duty vehicle fleet, which includes small, city-owned cars, trucks, and buses. The city will also work with local businesses to do the same. Second, it will build more public electric vehicle charging stations to reduce range anxiety and accommodate households without garages or the resources to have their own. Third, the program will encourage businesses to build stations for their own employees.

Publication Date: January 31, 2017

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