Electrify America and the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) plan to install electric vehicle charging stations, the first along the Ohio Turnpike.

The charging stations will be located at the Wyandot and Blue Heron Services Plazas in Genoa and at the Indian Meadow and Tiffin River Service Plazas in West Unity. The sites were chosen to meet the needs of turnpike customers where electric vehicle demand is projected to be the most significant in the near-term.

Each Electrify America station will feature four charging dispensers offering 150kw to 350kw of power. The 350kW chargers feature what the company maintains is the first certified cooled-cable system in the US and can charge a vehicle at speeds up to 20 miles per minute – seven times faster than today’s most commonly used 50kW fast chargers.

“This collaboration with the Ohio Turnpike is a key element to creating cross-country routes with ultra-fast chargers,” said Electrify America COO, Brendan Jones.

“EV drivers need fast, reliable and convenient charging access in order to travel about the country.”

For his part, Ohio Turnkpike executive director, Randy Cole, added: “This is another example of Ohio staying ahead of the curve and preparing our State for the future of transportation.

“Our Service Plazas are the place for these new charging stations, allowing customers to charge their car quickly, grab a bite to eat or cup of coffee and get back on their way.”

Since 1955, the Ohio Turnpike has been an important interstate corridor in America, providing access from east coast regions to the Midwest and beyond. In 2017, 55.2m vehicles used the Turnpike.

In its first Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) investment cycle totalling US$500m, Electrify America is installing more than 4,800 charging dispensers in a nationwide EV charging network.

The company will have non-proprietary electric vehicle DC fast chargers at nearly 300 highway sites and 184 charging sites in 17 metropolitan areas, plus more than 650 community-based sites with Level 2 chargers.

Electrify America’s Cycle One charging sites will be installed or be in construction by June, 2019.