In the U.S., the most significant source of greenhouse gas emissions is emissions from cars and trucks. Transportation accounted for 29% of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. According to the EPA, “Over 90 percent of the fuel used for transportation is petroleum-based, which includes primarily gasoline and diesel.”
Stats like these are motivating drivers to consider going electric with their next car purchase. Alternative fuel vehicles and all-electric cars are better for the environment, often require less maintenance, and electricity is cheaper than gasoline (especially if you have solar).
So, which cities have the most Electric Vehicles registered?
Top Alternative Fuel Vehicles by County in Ohio, 2018 – 2021
- Franklin County (Columbus) – 4,154
- Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) – 2,771
- Hamilton County (Cincinnati) – 2,563
- Summit County (Akron) – 1,249
- Delaware County (Central Ohio) – 1,144
- Montgomery County (Dayton) – 1,071
- Lucas County (Toledo) – 672
- Lorain County (Northeast Ohio) – 561
Top Electric Vehicle Models in Ohio
Top 10 Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Ohio, 2018– 2021
- TESLA Model 3 – 5,438 registered
- Chevrolet Volt – 2,717 registered
- Tesla Model S – 2,437 registered
- Tesla Model Y – 1,395 registered
- Nissan Leaf – 1,331 registered
- Tesla Model X – 1,155 registered
- Chevrolet Bolt EV – 891 registered
- Ford Fusion – 889 registered
- Ford C-max – 710 registered
- Toyota Prius Prime – 701 registered
The Future of Electric Vehicles
The U.S. has seen a slow adoption of electric vehicles (EV) compared to other countries. In 2020 EV registrations reached a new record by taking up 1.8% of overall U.S. light vehicles registered.
Some of the barriers to Electric Vehicle Adoption in the U.S. include:
- High costs
- Few options for models
- The challenge of recharging vehicles
Building Infrastructure in Ohio
With an awareness of barriers, private and public entities are making processes to make electric vehicles accessible to more drivers.
According to Clean Fuels Ohio, last month, The Ohio EPA awarded $3.25 million in grants to support the installation of EV infrastructure. The grants fund more than 500 publicly accessible Level 2 electric vehicle charging ports at more than 170 locations in 22 counties.
In 2020 ground broke on an electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio.
The facility will produce Ultium batteries for a new Cadillac electric car, a new electric Hummer sport utility vehicle. The project is a $2.3 billion joint venture between G.M. and South Korea’s L.G. Chem.
Bringing production of EV batteries to the United States tackles some of the barriers listed above.
“Sales of EVs are set to exceed a 3.5% overall market share in 2021 and climb to a more than 10% share in 2025, due to broader product offerings, according to IHS Markit. More than 100 new E.V. options are expected to launch between 2021 and 2025.” – IHS Markit Research
Spotlight on Columbus, Ohio
As with solar power, building out the infrastructure for electric vehicles will require coordination. Public and private partnerships have been the golden standard for widespread solar adoption. And we can see the same happening with electric vehicles.
In 2016 Columbus, Ohio, was awarded a $10 million grant through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge.
In 2015, only 0.38% of new cars purchased in the seven-county region were E.V.s. We set a goal to increase E.V. ownership by 500% to 1.8% by 2020.
Fortunately, we’re on pace to meet or surpass that goal, with E.V. sales exceeding 2% of vehicles sold at the end of 2018.
How did they do it?
- Engaging employers
- Building out workplace charging
- Hosting events
- Working with dealers
- Building a playbook
Solar, Electric Vehicles, and You
Third Sun Solar proudly offers EV charger installation as a service to homeowners interested in going green all the way. More and more, we see homeowners who go solar install EV chargers before buying the vehicle itself.
When you go solar, you have the opportunity to set yourself up for an entirely solar lifestyle.
With Solar and an Electric Vehicle, homeowners can charge their cars and, in many cases, basically drive for free.
If you’re interested in learning more from our team about how we can make your clean energy dreams a reality, reach out today.