Senator Michael Rulli at the February 16th Press Conference

 

On Wednesday February 16th, Clean Fuels Ohio took part in a press conference to announce Accelerating Ohio’s Auto Industry, a comprehensive bill designed to bring Ohio into the future of auto manufacturing. The press conference was held at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, and the speakers included Senator Michael Rulli (R-Salem) who is sponsoring the bill; Steve Stivers, President & CEO of the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, John Walsh, founder and CEO of Endera, and Brendan Kelley, Director of Drive Electric Ohio at Clean Fuels Ohio. A recording of the press conference can be found here.

“At Clean Fuels Ohio, we’ve seen the shift in technology and know that Ohio is at an important crossroads,” said Brendan Kelley. “The decisions Ohio makes now will determine if Ohio remains an auto manufacturing state or if we take detrimental steps backward.”

Clean Fuels Ohio has been working with Senator Rulli for over a year to craft this legislation, and we have built a broad coalition of stakeholders that have provided feedback on the bill and will help generate momentum in the General Assembly upon introduction.

“I’ve seen the devastating impact of auto manufacturing leaving, and I don’t want it to continue,” said Senator Rulli. “Passage of this aggressive, multi-part legislative package is critical to provide resources and innovation to Voltage Valley and the rest of Ohio to grow our auto industry for future generations.”

Automakers have pledged to invest $330 billion on EV production by 2025, and manufacturers are deciding now where to site those facilities, and therefore where the jobs will be. Ohio has always been an auto manufacturing state and is home to over 108,000 jobs in the industry. To maintain this vital part of Ohio’s economy, we much position ourselves as a pro-EV state and demonstrate to automakers that we are serious about remaining a strong partner to the auto industry as it shifts to EV production.

Accelerating Ohio’s Auto Industry will protect and grow Ohio jobs, grow the EV market, position Ohio for the future of manufacturing, and unlock utility investment in EV charging. A summary of the bill and additional materials from the press conference, including a list of the organizations that have signed on to the bill, can be found here. The bill will be formally introduced next week.

 

2/24/2022