Youngstown Approves EPA EV Charging Station Grant – Business Journal Daily
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The city’s Board of Control Thursday approved the acceptance of $ 60,000 in grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to install four electric vehicle charging stations in two downtown locations.
Two stations will be installed in the Kress parking lot next to the 7th District Court of Appeal building on West Federal Street, said Charles Shasho, assistant director of public works. Two additional stops are planned for city-owned properties on the corner of West Federal and Fifth Avenues next to the fire station, he said.
Each station has two charging ports that can accommodate two vehicles at the same time, Shasho said. The city has yet to select the equipment for the project.
“We want to have them installed by autumn,” he said. The charging stations are known as Level 2 stations, which means it would take around eight hours to fully charge an average electric vehicle with a range of 18 to 45 mph.
The stations will be open to the public, although the city has yet to work out more details on how to access the properties, Shasho said.
In March, the Ohio EPA announced that it had granted $ 132,298 in grants to be used to support electric charging stations at five Mahoning County locations.
Aside from the two locations in the city, OEPA awarded $ 30,000 to the Western Reserve Transit Authority for the installation of three stations in their administration building on Mahoning Avenue, and $ 27,298 to Mercy Health St. Elizabeth Hospital Youngstown for new ones Charging points there and $ 15,000 of Boardman’s Taylor Kia to help the dealership build a charging point on its Market Street property.
A separate funding round for fast charging stations is planned for later this year, the Ohio EPA announced in March. The agency will also fund a pilot project for an electric school bus.
The Ohio EPA has allocated $ 3.25 million to install more than 500 electric vehicle charging ports in more than 170 locations in 22 counties.
It was financed through the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund. Private and public institutions in 26 districts could apply for the grants with which the electric charging stations are financed in whole or in part.
The Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund arose out of a federal lawsuit alleging that Volkswagen AG had installed defective devices in certain vehicles from model years 2009 to 2016. When driving on the road, the vehicles emit nine to 40 times the permitted amount of nitrogen oxides, a harmful air pollutant.
Following a court settlement, funds were distributed to the states based on the number of registered vehicles containing the illegal devices.
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