Charging and Fueling Infrastructure in Athens, Ohio

Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program Overview

The Charging and Fueling Infrastructure Grant Program (CFI) provides funding to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure. The CFI program consists of two grant categories:

  1. Community Program: to install electric vehicle charging and alternative fuel infrastructure in locations on public roads, schools, parks, and in publicly accessible parking facilities. The Community Program prioritizes rural areas as well as low and moderate income neighborhoods with low ratios of private parking or high ratios of multi-unit dwellings.
  2. Corridor Program: to deploy EV charging and hydrogen/propane/natural gas fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors.

The Local Infrastructure Hub is highlighting the CFI grant recently awarded for the Southeast to Southwest Ohio Responsive Interregional Deployment of Electrification Solutions (RIDES) Community Project. This project, focused on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure, is being taken on by a coalition of 29 partners, led by the Sustainable Ohio Public Energy Council (SOPEC) and the City of Athens.

Fast Facts on Southeast to Southwest Ohio RIDES

Total # of registered passenger vehicles in Ohio9,781,435*
Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles registered in Ohio65,216
Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles registered (Dayton region)4,658
Electric/Plug-in Hybrid Vehicles registered (rural communities in Ohio)6,419**

Note: *Data in this table is  from the Ohio Alternative Fuel Vehicle Registration Dashboard | DriveOhio, as of Feb 2024. **This refers to hybrid vehicles registered in communities referred to as “other” on the dashboard and not falling within identified MSAs.

Considerations for municipal leaders

  • What are your community’s goals for access to EV and alternative fuels?
  • What funding sources are available and eligible for EV charging infrastructure?
  • What partnership opportunities exist for application, implementation, and deployment? Who will lead the effort?  Will you engage a private sector partner?
  • How can your municipality ensure that EV charging infrastructure is geographically distributed to provide equitable access?
  • Do zoning laws need to be revised to allow and/or promote EV charging installations?
  • How can public assets, like municipal buildings, parking spaces, or rights-of-way be used for EV charging?

Other Resources

Making Electric Vehicle Charging and Alternative Fueling the New Infrastructure Standard (CFI) Webinar Recording and Summary

This session featured Gabe Klein, Executive Director of the Joint Office of Energy and Transportation; Keith Benjamin, Associate Administrator for Highway Policy and External Affairs, Federal Highway Administration; Mayor Lauren McLean of Boise, ID; Mayor Andy Schor of Lansing, MI; Mayor Steve Patterson of Athens, OH and; Matt Stephens-Rich, Director of Technical Services for the Electrification Coalition who discussed what makes a competitive CFI application and how CFI funding fits within a city’s broader climate plan.

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Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI)

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) established the new Charging and Fueling Infrastructure (CFI) Discretionary Grant Program, with $2.5 billion in appropriated over five years. Funding is available to strategically deploy EV charging and other alternative...

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