Advanced Automotive Research at Ohio State

Nissan donates new electric vehicle charging station to campus
Thursday, April 23, 2015

As automotive technology continues to evolve, Ohio is making advancements in electric vehicle ownership and manufacturing.  Ohio is a leader in the automotive industry, ranking fourth in vehicle assembly and second in overall output of automotive parts. However, when it comes to electric vehicle output, Ohio has plenty of room to grow. 

The Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) is one of the nation’s prominent research centers for safe and sustainable mobility with a focus on environmental safety.  CAR offers state-of-the-art facilities for students, faculty, research staff, and industry partners. 

One of these industry partners, Clean Fuels Ohio, helped unveil a new charging station for central Ohio. The charging station is a brand new, level-three direct current (DC) fast charger for electric vehicle charging, donated by Nissan North America. The DC fast charging station delivers 480 volts at 400 amps, offering a quick recharge. This will allow consumers to put an approximately 80 percent charge in a vehicle in less than 25 minutes, and depending on the vehicle, a full charge could be attainable in approximately 30 minutes. 

The unveiling event included speakers from Nissan, CAR, and Clean Fuels Ohio, along with a plug-in electric vehicle demo, and a Nissan LEAF ride ‘n’ drive. 

“We are very pleased that Nissan chose the Center for Automotive Research in which to locate the region’s first direct current fast charger in the Nissan EV Advantage Program,” said Giorgio Rizzoni, director, Center for Automotive Research. “Its installation enhances the existing charging facilities, allowing us to serve even more electric vehicle users.”

Clean Fuels Ohio helped link Nissan with CAR as an ideal location for the DC Fast Charging, thanks in part to its proximity to high-traffic areas. CAR already offers free Level 1 and Level 2 EV chargers, and it has seven other electric vehicle charging stations, which have standard connectors and can each charge a vehicle in approximately four to eight hours, with the new DC Fast Chargers providing an even faster charging option for the public. 

Charging times and availability are both important details when in comes to owning an electric vehicle. In Ohio, there are currently 111 charging stations and 117 charging outlets statewide. This equates to 104,242 people per charging station and lands Ohio 38th on the list of the ratio of population to charging station. This highlights the need for partnerships such as the one with Clean Fuels Ohio, which works to promote electric vehicle usage and infrastructure across the state by engaging stakeholders through its Drive Electric Ohio initiative. 

“We’re excited to play a role in the growing infrastructure for electric vehicles. It’s an evolving market, and Ohio is in the unique position to spur EV growth in the region”, said Sam Spofforth, executive director of Clean Fuels Ohio.

 

For more information regarding CAR, visit car.osu.edu. And for more information about Clean Fuels Ohio, visit www.cleanfuelsohio.org.