Accelerating Ohio’s Auto Industry
Clean Fuels Ohio has been working for over a year on Accelerating Ohio’s Auto Industry (AOAI), a bill to move the electric vehicle industry forward in Ohio. 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.
Accelerating Ohio’s Auto Industry Progress:
- February 16th: Senator Michael Rulli announced AOAI in a press conference at the Ohio Chamber of Commerce. Watch it here.
- March 2nd: AOAI is introduced into the Senate and became Senate Bill 307.
- March 16th: Senate Bill 307 is assigned to the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.
- March 25th: Senator Rulli’s op-ed, “Auto industry shifting toward electric. Ohio must gear up to keep pace” was published in the Columbus Dispatch.
- March 29th: Senator Rulli gave sponsor testimony to the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.
- April 5th: Proponent testimony to the Senate Energy and Public Utilities Committee.
Energy Independence Summit
During the week of February 28th, Clean Fuels Ohio participated in the Energy Independence Summit. Each year, Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) hosts this event on Capitol Hill to talk with Congressional leaders about issues most pressing the industry. Due to the pandemic, TEP hosted this year’s Summit fully virtual.
Clean Fuels Ohio partnered with seventeen of our members to participate in meetings with both of the Ohio Senators as well as members of the Ohio Congressional delegation. During these meetings, we were able to talk through specific policy issues, business opportunities, and ventures in the clean transportation industry.
Clean Fuels Ohio plans to use these meetings as a vital stepping off point to continue to build relationships with key legislative leaders in the coming months. We are hard at work with our members and various partners such as TEP to move our federal policy agenda forward.