Need to charge up your EV? You can now drive to the Wyoming Recreation Center to fill ‘er up at the city’s newly installed Chargepoint two-port EV charging station.
The charging station was installed in late December and partially funded with an Ohio EPA grant to help expand electric vehicle charging stations across the state. The OEPA grant funded $15,000 of the $30,000 cost of the project with the remaining funds coming from the city’s general fund.
The charging station is available 24/7 at no cost to users.
The OEPA allocated $7 million toward grant funding for charging stations across 26 counties in Ohio. The funding was the result of the settlement from the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust Fund, which was created to allocate money from a lawsuit filed in federal court that alleged VW rigged emissions testing on its vehicles to cheat mandated standards for nitrogen oxide. States received money from the settlement based on the number of VW vehicles registered within the state.
The trust agreement required each state to develop a plan identifying how funding would be allocated to 10 allowable uses that can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions and offset damages from the illegal emissions.