Ohio legislature considering study of electric vehicle infrastructure issues

While purchases of electric vehicles (EV) rose from 1,630 in 2016 to 4,456 in 2018, a lack of charging infrastructure may be inhibiting EV market growth, a subject the Ohio legislature may soon explore. Ohio House Bill 202 “would create a 13-member Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Study Committee to explore issues related to electric vehicle infrastructure,” according to the article. Sam Spofforth, executive director of Clean Fuels Ohio, said, “[o]ne of the most common reasons that consumers hesitate in buying electric vehicles right now is the lack of public charging infrastructure. . . .we face a classic ‘chicken vs. the egg’ situation in which consumers cite a lack of electric vehicle charging as a barrier, yet the private sector on its own can’t invest in this needed charging infrastructure due to the lack of an available market in the form of electric vehicles.” For more, read the full article.

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