Since October 2019, Clean Fuels Ohio has been partnering on a US DOE funded project entitled ROADMAP: Rural Open Access Development Mobility Action Plan, being led by Rural Action and in further partnership with DriveOhio/ODOT and Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP). It is a 3-year project investigating new mobility solutions for rural and Appalachian Ohio counties that are affordable, technologically advanced, and environmentally- and consumer-friendly.

One of Clean Fuels Ohio’s key contributions to this project is conducting data analysis and research for a report on rural motorist behavior and the barriers and opportunities to electric vehicle (EV) adoption in rural and Appalachian Ohio.

Since October 2019, Clean Fuels Ohio has been partnering on a US DOE funded project entitled ROADMAP: Rural Open Access Development Mobility Action Plan, being led by Rural Action and in further partnership with DriveOhio/ODOT and Hocking-Athens-Perry Community Action (HAPCAP). It is a 3-year project investigating new mobility solutions for rural and Appalachian Ohio counties that are affordable, technologically advanced, and environmentally- and consumer-friendly.

One of Clean Fuels Ohio’s key contributions to this project is conducting data analysis and research for a report on rural motorist behavior and the barriers and opportunities to electric vehicle (EV) adoption in rural and Appalachian Ohio. In the August 2021 Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for ROADMAP, we presented a draft of this report and received key stakeholder feedback integral to moving forward this deliverable, which is designed to serve as an evidence-based guide to transportation electrification in rural areas of the state.

The report consists of four major topic sections: rural motorist behavior and vehicle trends (informed by Ohio BMV data), EV charging infrastructure, fleet electrification, and economic and workforce development. Using the analytical framework of “transportation energy burden”—or the proportion of a household’s annual income spent on vehicle fuel costs—the report presents barriers and opportunities to advancing rural EV adoption in each of these topic areas and offers recommended action steps for public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders.

The August 2021 PAC meeting elicited lively discussion on the report, featuring feedback on public transit considerations, overlooked motorist trends such as used car sales and uncertainty regarding EV battery life, sections that could benefit from greater data granularity, and more. Overall, the meeting and feedback received goes a long way to ensuring the report accurately reflects the on-the-ground conditions that must be accounted for to effectively and equitably advance EV adoption in rural and Appalachian Ohio.

For more information on the ROADMAP project, or to receive a copy of the draft report, please reach out to Brandon Jones, Consulting Services Manager, at [email protected] and 614-884-7336 ext. 316 or Andrew Conley, Chief Program Officer, at [email protected] and 614-884-7336 ext. 306.

In the August 2021 Project Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for ROADMAP, we presented a draft of this report and received key stakeholder feedback integral to moving forward this deliverable, which is designed to serve as an evidence-based guide to transportation electrification in rural areas of the state.