AEP grant helps fund charging stations

By Camri Nelson -

LIMA — In an effort to promote the use of electric vehicles, American Electric Power has partnered with Smart Columbus to establish an incentive program that will help fund the installation of 375 electric vehicle charging stations across Ohio.

The electric utilities company has devoted $10 million toward helping its industrial and commercial customers in the state to fund installations of charging stations for public sites, apartment complexes and workplaces.

The funding is a grant awarded to Smart Columbus by the Paul G. Allen Philanthropies as the winner of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Smart City Challenge.

AEP plans to help customers by offsetting a portion of their charging station equipment and installation costs, according to a news release.

“AEP Ohio is leading the charge on expanding electric vehicle adoption among our customers,” stated AEP Ohio President and COO Julie Sloat in a news release. “EVs offer a number of benefits for their owners, the environment and they have the potential to shift how we think about mobility. Our program is a unique opportunity to learn how the availability of public and workplace charging impacts the decision to make the switch to an electric vehicle.”

Customers interested in installing charging stations should apply at

AEP encourages customers to apply soon, as the first wave of the program is now through spring 2019. There will be two more opportunities to apply later.

Only charging stations approved by the program and installed after Aug. 15 will be eligible for the program.

“I know that we have had interest in different corners of the service territory and we are just trying to make sure that people are aware of the program and encourage as many people as we can who are interested to apply,” said Scott Black, spokesman for AEP Ohio.

By Camri Nelson

Reach Camri Nelson at 567-242-0456 or on Twitter @CamriNews

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