North Royalton and Strongsville to receive grants for electric vehicle charging stations

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio – The city has received a $ 15,000 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency that will help pay for an electric vehicle charging station outside the North Royalton Family YMCA, on State Roads and Wallings .

In addition, the city received a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency to install a second electric vehicle charging station outside of City Hall on State Road in South Ohio 82. The amount of the NOACA subsidy has not yet been specified.

“There is a growing need for these stations as more and more consumers buy electric vehicles,” said Tom Jordan, director of community development for the city.

“Grants are made available to local governments because it is easier (in some cases) to find land on government property for charging stations as opposed to commercial land owners, who should make their properties open to the general public. public, and not everyone is ready to do it, ”Jordan said.

In March, The Ohio EPA announced it has awarded $ 3.3 million in grants to support the installation of more than 500 electric vehicle charging stations in more than 170 locations in 22 counties. In Cuyahoga County alone, EPA grants will help fund charging stations at 22 locations.

One of these grants from the EPA, in the amount of $ 15,000, will help pay for a charging station outside the Strongsville Family Health & Surgery Center at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio 82, opposite from SouthPark Mall.

The Ohio EPA grants will fund charging stations at several other sites in Cuyahoga County, including the Beechmont Towers apartments in Woodmere; Cleveland Clinic Independence Family Health Center in Independence, Euclid Hospital, and Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center; Kia from Bedford; Hyundai of Bedford; and in historic Bedford.

The Ohio EPA grants also went to charging stations at the West Gate of Lakewood; Euclid South Town Hall; the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Heritage Village in Lyndhurst; the Warrensville Heights branch library; the Huntington Park Garage in downtown Cleveland; Cleveland Hopkins International Airport; a recreation center in Ward 1 of Cleveland; and parking at University Circle and the Van Aken Center in Shaker Heights.

The Ohio EPA plans to announce a second round of grants for fast-charging stations later this year. The money for the Ohio grants came from a legal settlement between the US EPA and Volkswagen. The settlement involved allegations that Volkswagen between 2009 and 2016 violated the Clean Air Act by installing devices in their vehicles designed to cheat federal emissions tests.

Meanwhile, NOACA is partnering with seven communities – North Royalton, Strongsville, Cleveland, Brook Park, Berea, Brunswick and Medina – to install charging stations along the Interstate 71 corridor, the door said. word of NOACA, Gayle Godek. The total estimated cost of the NOACA grant program is $ 3 million.

“Although the exact number of chargers at each site has not yet been determined and the total number of chargers is not yet known, we estimate the implementation at more than 45 sites in the five-county region of the NOACA, ”Godek said. in an email.

Strongsville station, funded by NOACA, could be located outside the city’s administrative offices on Foltz Parkway. Additional stations are tentatively planned for Berea City Court, Brook Park Recreation Department, West Side Market in Cleveland and Brunswick City Hall.

In addition, NOACA will contribute to the financing of three electric vehicle recharging stations in and around the public square of the Medina.

Godek said the next steps in NOACA’s charging station program are to assess the feasibility, scope, cost and schedule of each potential site – a process that will include visits to proposed locations – and then finalize the list. sites.

Funding for NOACA’s electric vehicle charging station program comes from the agency’s congestion alleviation and air quality program.

In North Royalton, Jordan said he hopes the Ohio EPA-funded station will be installed by late fall. The city will buy the equipment from ChargePoint, a California company with a distributor in Cleveland, and ask another company – whose identity has not been determined – to set up the station outside the YMCA.

The total estimated cost of the YMCA charging station is $ 25,000. The city will own the station and users will pay for the electricity as they charge their vehicles. Jordan said the city will not try to make money with the station, but will only recoup its costs.

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