Tuesday will be spent in Wooster and Oberlin. The Wooster area is home to Schaeffler Emobility Systems, an important part of the EV supply chain, and to GOJO, whose onsite solar array helps to power the EV charging stations available to employees and guests. Wooster can also boast of having a public charging station since 2014 that operates on the honor system. If the Harley wasn’t your style, take a look at an E-Bike when we visit the Ride On Bicycle Shop.
The Oberlin stop will highlight their first-in-the-state public EV car share program that is an important component of Oberlin’s Climate Action Plan. Local officials committed to ensuring the region’s progress will be joining us, including Oberlin City Manager Rob Hillard, Director of Municipal Light and Power Doug McMillan, Director of Planning and Development Carrie Handy, and Lorain County Mobility Manager Sharon Pearson. We will also feature the Paradox Prize grant that provides a shared EV for nonprofits dedicated to job placement and training and sheltering the homeless.
Dave Gedeon of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments will join us in Oberlin to discuss best practices in coordinating local governmental planning with regional energy, environmental and transportation goals, and we’ll learn what the electric vehicle boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries can teach us about 21st century clean transportation.
Agriculture is Ohio’s largest single industry, and we’ll end the day on Tuesday talking with Dale Arnold of the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation about the potential for electrification of farm vehicles and the challenges of developing machinery that can fully accommodate agricultural requirements.