County Opens EV Charging Station
Shelby County has opened the first public electric vehicle charging station in Sidney in cooperation with ChargePoint, CJ Electric, and the City of Sidney.
The charging station is located in the parking lot at 125 South Miami behind the Courtview Center and the Shelby County Board of Elections. The charging station, built by ChargePoint, is able to charge four vehicles simultaneously. The station will use combined charging system plugs, which are compatible with most EV vehicle models. The Charging Station uses Level 2 chargers which can add 25-50 miles of range per hour depending on station amperage and vehicle capabilities.
The charging station cost $47,000 to install with most of the costs to be reimbursed by AES Ohio through a rebate. The electric and maintenance costs will be recouped via a fee paid by the charger customer. The initial fee structure is $.025/kwh with an overstay fee of $3.00/hr. which starts five minutes after charging stops.
The Shelby County charging station precedes stations planned by the State of Ohio which will be located along Interstates in Ohio.
County Commissioner Julie Ehemann stated, “As we make efforts to revitalize the downtown of Sidney, we need to seek ways to draw travelers and tourists to the area. Having EV Charging Stations will attract visitors who will have time to visit our local restaurants and shops. In addition, moving to the new technology supports the auto industry which is so vital to our community.”
Shelby County anticipates moderate demand as Ford, Honda and GM have all announced plans to spend more than $6 billion building or upgrading EV plants in Ohio to build electric vehicles or vehicle batteries. Ohio employs 91,600 people in the auto sector, the second-most in the country.