Grants for fast-charging EV stations announced

Boardman, North Jackson locations land federal funds

YOUNGSTOWN — Electric vehicle fast-charging stations will be installed at locations in Boardman and North Jackson with grant money from the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program.

The locations are Tiffany Square Plaza in Boardman on Tiffany Boulevard, just off U.S. Route 224 and near Interstate 680, and the Sheetz gas station on North Bailey Road in North Jackson, off of Interstate 76.

The Boardman grant is for $742,987 with Francis Energy Charging LLC providing a $185,747 private match.

The grant for North Jackson is $746,136 with Francis Energy providing a $186,534 match.

Under federal guidelines, program funding is available for up to 80% of eligible project costs, which includes the acquisition and installation of charging stations and maintenance, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

At least four ports with at least 150 kilowatts of power at each port will be available at the locations.

Construction on the stations will begin late this year or in 2025.

The Boardman and North Jackson locations are among 22 EV fast-charging stations awarded nearly $16 million in grants Thursday in Ohio.

“As more electric cars and trucks make their way to Ohio roadways, we’re continuing to build the infrastructure needed to enable easy and convenient travel,” Gov. Mike DeWine said.

The state wants to locate fast chargers every 50 miles throughout the state. The stations are also near restrooms and places to eat.

The funding comes from the federal infrastructure law.

This was the second round of funding for EV fast-charging stations in Ohio with 27 locations — none in the Mahoning Valley — awarded $18 million in July.

Ohio was the first state in the nation to activate a NEVI charging station as part of the program. That occurred in December along Interstate-70 at U.S. Route 42 in Madison County southwest of Columbus.

Ohio’s NEVI program is administered by DriveOhio, a division of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

“This milestone keeps Ohio at the forefront of transportation innovation,” Jack Marchbanks, ODOT director, said.

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