The state’s toll road is becoming friendlier to electric vehicles — but most Akron-area drivers will have to travel more than 100 miles to get to the first recharging opportunity.
Electrify America of Reston, Va., announced Monday it is partnering with the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission to install the first electric vehicle charging stations at four service plazas along the western stretch of the highway.
The stations will be placed at the Wyandot and Blue Heron plazas near Toledo as well as the Indian Meadow and Tiffin River plazas closer to the Indiana line. The sites were selected based on near-term electric vehicle demand for turnpike users, Electrify America said in a news release.
Each station will feature four charging dispensers that offer 150 to 350 kilowatts of power. The units can charge a vehicle up to seven times quicker than today’s most commonly used fast chargers.
“This is yet another example of Ohio staying ahead of the curve and preparing our state for the future of transportation,” said Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole.