Where are Ohio’s top locations for Electric Vehicles?
In the U.S., the most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions comes from cars and trucks. Transportation accounted for 29% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. According to the EPA, “Over 90 percent of the fuel used for transportation is petroleum-based, which includes primarily gasoline and diesel.”
Stats like these are motivating Ohioans to consider going electric with their next car purchase. Electric Cars are better for the environment, require less maintenance, and electricity is cheaper than gasoline (especially if you have solar).
So, What are the Top Locations for Electric Vehicles in Ohio
Top Alternative Fuel Vehicles by County in Ohio 2018 – current
- Franklin County (Columbus) – 4,154
- Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) – 2,771
- Hamilton County (Cincinnati) – 2,563
- Summit County (Akron) – 1,249
- Delaware County (Central Ohio) – 1,144
- Montgomery County (Dayton) – 1,071
- Lucas County (Toledo) – 672
- Lorain County (Northeast Ohio) – 561
Columbus, Ohio, seems to be the top location for electric vehicles in Ohio. It’s also the most populated city in the state. Following Columbus are our two key metropolitan Cities: Cincinnati and Cleveland.
Top Electric Vehicle Models in Ohio
Top 10 Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Ohio – From 2018– now
- TESLA Model 3 – 5,438
- Chevrolet Volt – 2,717
- Tesla Model S – 2,437
- Tesla Model Y – 1,395
- Nissan Leaf – 1,331
- Tesla Model X – 1,155
- Chevrolet Bolt EV – 891
- Ford Fusion – 889
- Ford C-max – 710
- Toyota Prius Prime – 701
The U.S. has seen a slow adoption of electric vehicles compared to other countries. In 2020 E.V. registrations reached a new record by taking up 1.8% of overall U.S. light vehicles registered.
Some of the barriers to Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S. include:
- High costs for Electric Vehicles
- Few options for models
- Challenges recharging vehicles
Building Infrastructure in Ohio
With an awareness of these barriers, private and public entities are making processes to make Electric Vehicles accessible to more drivers.
According to Clean Fuels Ohio, last month, The Ohio EPA awarded $3.25 million in grants to support the installation of E.V. infrastructure. The grants fund more than 500 publicly accessible Level 2 electric vehicle charging ports at more than 170 locations in 22 counties.
In 2020 ground broke on an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio.
The facility will produce Ultium batteries for a new Cadillac electric car, a new electric Hummer sport utility vehicle. The project is a $2.3 billion joint venture between G.M. and South Korea’s L.G. Chem.
Bringing the production of Electric Vehicle batteries to the United States tackles some of the barriers listed above.
“Sales of E.V.s are set to exceed a 3.5% overall market share in 2021 and climb to a more than 10% share in 2025, due to broader product offerings, according to IHS Markit. More than 100 new E.V. options are expected to launch between 2021 and 2025.”
Spotlight on Solar and Electric Vehicles in Columbus, Ohio
As with solar power, building out the infrastructure for Electric Vehicles will require coordination. Public and private partnerships have been the golden standard for widespread solar adoption. And we can see the same happening with electric vehicles.
In 2016 Columbus, Ohio, was awarded a $10 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge.
In 2015, only 0.38% of new cars purchased in the seven-county region were E.V.s. We set a goal to increase E.V. ownership by 500% to 1.8% by 2020.
Fortunately, we’re on pace to meet or surpass that goal, with E.V. sales exceeding 2% of vehicles sold at the end of 2018.
How did they do it?
- Engaging employers
- Building out workplace charging
- Hosting events
- Working with dealers
- Building a playbook
Solar, Electric Vehicles, and You
Third Sun Solar proudly offers Electric Vehicle charger installation as a service to homeowners interested in going green all the way. More and more, we see homeowners who go solar install Electric Vehicle chargers before buying the Electric Vehicle itself.
When you go solar, you have the opportunity to set yourself up for an entirely green lifestyle.
With Solar plus an Electric Vehicle, homeowners can charge their cars and, in most cases, drive more economically than they would by charging from the grid or public charging stations.
If you’re interested in learning more from our team about how we can make your clean energy dreams a reality, reach out today.