Columbus exceeds EV adoption goal, leads Midwest

Smart Columbus recently announced that it has exceeded a goal set three years ago “to facilitate the purchase of 3,200 electric vehicles [EVs],” with 3,323 EVs sold in the Columbus region from April 2017 to February 2020, 10TV.com reports. In addition to surpassing that goal, Columbus “became the fastest-growing city in the Midwest for electric vehicle adoption,” according to the article. Because transportation “accounts for nearly 30 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. according to the Environmental Protection Agency,” Columbus could also see environmental benefits from increased EV adoption. For more, read the full article.

Environmental, Smart Cities, State Updates

Two new downtown Columbus fast-charge stations for EVs just the beginning

Electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now quickly and easily “fill up” at the first two fast-charge stations in downtown Columbus, according to a recent article in The Columbus Dispatch. Each of the stations, on Fulton Street west of South 4th Street, “can simultaneously charge two vehicles in about 30 minutes,” according to the article. The pilot project is “funded in part by a $10 million grant” awarded through Columbus’ Smart City Challenge. Mandy Bishop, project manager for Smart Columbus, said the goal is to have 1,000 fast-charge stations installed in the city by March, mostly near businesses and apartment complexes. Michael Mazur, COO of Greenspot, the company that operates the pumps, said, “Columbus continues to prove itself as a leading city . . . paving the way for cleaner, more efficient transportation options.” For more, read the full article.

Smart Cities, State Updates

Columbus creates EV parking ordinance with neighborhoods and businesses in mind

A recent amendment to the Columbus Zoning Code will encourage electric vehicle (EV) charging stations “at commercial and residential developments,” according to a post on smart.columbus.gov. Columbus City Council passed the ordinance that “off-street parking spaces dedicated to EV charging and located outside special parking areas will count as a required parking space and not count toward the maximum number of parking spaces” developers are required to include based on a business’s industry, location and size, according to the article. Prior to this ordinance, dedicated EV parking spaces did not count toward parking space calculations. The goal is to avoid “too few or too many parking spaces that could impede other businesses and residents.” For more, read the full article.

Smart Cities, State Updates

Smart Columbus’s plans to solve transportation challenges through technology

Columbus is a well-known test market and the fastest-growing city in the Midwest; since winning the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge in 2016 (see our June 21, 2016 blog post), it has also become “the place where innovative transportation technologies are tested,” statescoop.com reports. Smart Columbus, “a regional smart-city initiative” co-led by the city and Columbus Partnership, “has facilitated testing of intelligent transportation services, new mobility service models and new behaviors” to solve transportation challenges, according to the article. The Smart Circuit program, Ohio’s first self-driving shuttle, began with a deployment in the Scioto Mile area; Smart Columbus will apply research from that deployment to a new route designed to provide transportation solutions for Linden residents to have better access to fresh food, childcare, and other community resources. For more, read the full article.

Smart Cities, State Updates

Columbus Business First unpacks Bricker’s Energy Exchange event, EV charging station

Spotlighting the future state of electric vehicles both in Central Ohio and statewide, Columbus Business First summarized the recent discussion that took place at Bricker & Eckler’s May 9, 2019, "Energy Exchange" event. The event, hosted by the firm’s energy attorneys for industry professionals, focused this time around on electric vehicles and their potential to propel Ohio as a nationwide leader in advanced and renewable technology.

How electric vehicles could change Ohio’s power grid” illustrates that electric vehicle adoption and usage is on the rise in Ohio. A few catalysts to this increase include the availability of convenient charging stations, funding incentives for both vehicles and charging stations and decreasing costs of the technology. Locally, enhancing the appeal of “going electric” has been a collaborative effort. Participating in a panel discussion at the event were representatives from the Ohio House of Representatives, Smart Columbus and ChargePoint, all of whom described the importance of both public and private investment to continue development in this area.

At the conclusion of the event, Bricker tangibly demonstrated its commitment to supporting the growth of electric vehicles in downtown Columbus, announcing that the firm will install an electric vehicle charging station on its property this summer. Bricker is the first Ohio law firm to do so and hopes this endeavor will encourage other businesses to join the effort to advance this technology for local citizens.

Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities

Bricker & Eckler becomes first Ohio law firm with EV charging station

Bricker & Eckler is the first law firm in the state to install an electric vehicle charging station on its property. The firm’s EV charging station, deployed by ChargePoint, will be located among several parking spaces at the rear of the building. Employees, as well as client guests, will be permitted to use the station during business hours. Outside of regular business hours and on weekends, the station will be available for public use. The installation of Bricker & Eckler’s EV charging station is scheduled for Summer 2019 and will be operational shortly after. Read more >>

Economic Development, Renewable Energy, Smart Cities

The Energy Exchange: Charging Toward the Future event May 9, 2019

Please join us for Bricker & Eckler’s biannual Energy Exchange event to discuss updates on legal and policy issues surrounding electric vehicles in Ohio. Featuring State Representative Kent Smith; Mark Patton, Vice President at Smart Cities, Columbus Partnership; and David Schatz, Director of Public Policy at ChargePoint, Inc., we will discuss the impact of the electric vehicle industry and the growing need for EV charging stations to meet the increasing demand.

To register for the May 9, 2019 Energy Exchange, click here.

Environmental, Smart Cities, State Updates