Ohio House Bill 74 - Ohio Department of Transportation Budget
As of March 31st, 2021, the Ohio Department of Transportation Budget has been signed by the Governor. We will continue to have the same BEV/PHEV/Hybrid Registration Fees ($200 per year for BEV/PHEV and $100 per year for Hybrid).
Ohio Senate Bill 32 - Establish electric vehicle charging station grant rebate program
State Senator Michael Rulli (District #33) has introduced S.B. 32 which would establish an electric vehicle charging station grant rebate program in Ohio.
Senator Rulli knows that one of the challenges facing EV adoption is there is not enough infrastructure to accommodate them, especially in rural areas. S.B. 32 would help encourage more installations of charging stations along Ohio’s highways.
S.B. 32 is currently in the Ohio Senate Transportation Committee. If your Senator is on this committee, now is a great time to contact them to show your support for this bill. You can find the members of the Ohio Senate Transportation Committee here.
This is Ohio legislative action so please be sure you are contacting the correct district for where you live. Since the 88 Ohio Counties are divided into 33 Senate districts, we know it can be a bit confusing, so you can find your Senator here (see contact information on the page about them).
We are hearing there is good support for this legislative action but still encourage you to take a moment to reach out to your Senator (especially if they are on the Transportation Committee) to let them know how building out a robust EV infrastructure would be a benefit.
Ohio Senate Bill 101 - Allow all-electric motor vehicle dealer to operate dealership
State Senator Michael Rulli (District #33) has introduced S.B. 101 which would allow manufacturers who build Electric Vehicles in Ohio to sell through their own dealerships. Senator Rulli is working closely with Lordstown Motors to create this policy which would benefit current and future manufacturers of EVs in Ohio.
Matthew Dewine, Government Affairs Representative for Lordstown Motors, states " At Lordstown Motors we are pursuing legislation that would allow our customers to purchase our electric pickup truck directly as Tesla is able to do in the state. We believe the issue of direct sales is critical to electric vehicles. "
S.B. 101 was introduced on March 2nd, 2021 and moved to the Ohio Senate Transportation committee on March 3rd, 2021. No hearings have been held at this time.
Lordstown Motors has provided a sample text which can be adapted or used as is for writing to your Ohio Senator to show support for S.B. 101 and you can find that PDF available below
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