NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — After successfully dabbling its toe into the world of electric vehicle use with a 2019 purchase of a Chevy Volt for the fire department, North Olmsted Mayor Kevin Kennedy is excited about the prospect of adding charging stations in the city as early as this fall.
Helping this goal become a reality is the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), which recently announced a $3 million Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Siting Program.
“We’re excited to be at the forefront of this, having a charging station at city hall and another at the rec center,” Kennedy said. “We’re going to start seeing more electric cars and, subsequently, we’ll see more electric car charging stations
“We bought our first electric vehicle a couple of years ago for the fire department. It’s worked out very well. It’s a pretty cool machine. We think this is just the way of the world. It’s been on our radar for a while.”
NOACA predicts that electric vehicles will represent more than 20 percent of annual vehicle sales by 2030, which means almost 30,000 electric vehicles will be in use in Northeast Ohio requiring an estimated 120 new charging ports.
Charging station locations were preliminarily identified by NOACA across its five-county service area that would serve employment centers, high amount of work trip destinations, high non-work destinations trip generators and high-volume traffic corridors.
While NOACA is providing 100 percent of the funding for the program and will lead development, design and construction, as a partner organization North Olmsted will have input into the project scope and location, as well as help facilitate implementation.
The city will own and maintain the equipment and will pay for the electrical usage with the ability to pass along the cost to the end-users.
NOACA’s Charging Stations Siting Program also includes adding up to nine sites in North Olmsted by 2030.
“This is something we’ll be looking at more and more in the future,” Kennedy said.
In other grant news, North Olmsted is earmarking its expected Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC) annual grant to cover the $82,400 purchase of a ventilation system for its service garage.
“We currently don’t have an exhaust system,” Kennedy said. “In the past, we used the NOPEC grant for upgrading HVAC at city hall, adding LED streetlights and repairing North Olmsted Fire Department’s roof and window. We should hear back soon from NOPEC about the grant.”
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