Electrify America will juice up the Ohio Turnpike for the first time
The chargers will be at service plazas, so you don't need to leave the turnpike to charge.
Andrew KrokReviews Editor / Cars
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Right now, if you wanted to juice up your EV on the Ohio Turnpike, you'd need to pay to exit the turnpike, go charge, then pay to hop back on. That stinks, but it shouldn't happen very often anymore, thanks to a clutch new investment.
Electrify America, the
subsidiary built from a mountain of Teutonic shame in the wake of Dieselgate, announced today that it will build multiple EV charging stations within the confines of the Ohio Turnpike. They'll be installed at service plazas, so you can grab some grub or just hang out with other random commuters as you wait for juice.
If you're a regular turnpike user, here are the specifics. Charging stations are planned at the Wyandot and Blue Heron plazas in Genoa and the Indian Meadow and Tiffin River plazas in West Unity. Electrify America decided on these locations based on where it believes EV demand will be the highest in the short-term.
Thankfully, there will be more than one plug at each station. Each service center mentioned above will have a bank of four chargers that offer between 150 and 350 kilowatts of power. No car is currently capable of handling 350 kW, or even 150 kW, but it will offer a level of future-proofing that brings EV charging closer to time parity with filling up a gas car. Electrify America estimates that 350-kW chargers will be able to add up to 20 miles of vehicle range per minute spent juicing up.
Electrify America wouldn't have existed in its current form if it weren't for Dieselgate, weirdly enough. As part of its court-ordered penance in the US, Volkswagen established Electrify America as a brand-agnostic champion of electric vehicle adoption. The company has run ad campaigns and made efforts to tout the benefits of electric vehicles, in the hopes that faster adoption of EVs will help offset some of the environmental havoc VW's over-polluting diesels wreaked.