Electrify America will be installing electric vehicle charging stations along the Ohio Turnpike to meet the needs of turnpike customers where electric vehicle demand is projected to be the most significant in the near-term.
The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) announced plans with Electrify America to install the EV charging stations, which will be located at the Wyandot and Blue Heron Services Plazas in Genoa, Ohio, and at the Indian Meadow and Tiffin River Service Plazas in West Unity, Ohio, according to Electrify America.
Each Electrify America station will feature four charging dispensers that offer 150 to 350 kilowatts (kW) of power. The 350 kW chargers feature certified cooled-cable systems and can charge a vehicle at speeds up to 20 miles per minute, Electrify America said in a release.
According to an April 3, 2018 OTIC report, ‘The Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Pilot Planning Project,’ it is anticipated that more and more turnpike drivers will be driving EVs in the coming years. The report also notes that auto manufacturers have committed $92 billion to new electric vehicle production plans, and EV charging infrastructure will be needed to support this evolution.