Columbus, Ohio Scores $140 Million In Electric Car-Related Investments
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) held a competition to help further the use of PHEVs and stimulate continued progress in future transportation.
In the end, the city of Columbus, Ohio beat out 78 others for the win.
Others in the top seven, were Austin, Denver, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Portland, and San Francisco.
The DOT was very impressed with the submissions and plans from all seven finalists. Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, said:
“Each of the seven finalists put forward an array of thoughtful, intelligent, and innovative ideas that defined a vision for the future of the American city and formed a blueprint to show the world what a fully integrated, forward-looking transportation network looks like.”
Columbus will enjoy the benefits of $40 million from the DOT along with another $10 million from Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. Allen commented:
“It is my hope that cities across the country will draw from and adapt the ideas from the Smart City Challenge to transform their transportation networks and help put their communities on a more sustainable path.”
On top of the $50 million generated from the win, Columbus has already raised another $90 million on its own from private partners. Many large companies with ties to the auto industry are partnering up with Columbus for the project including Mobileye, AT&T, DC Solar, Continental, Amazon Web Services, and Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs.
Included in the plans for Columbus are:
- Expanding the city’s electric fleet
- Using smart sensors to reduce emissions by helping with traffic and accidents
- Installing solar and wind technology for charging
- Putting three electric, autonomous shuttles on the road
- Handing out commuter smart cards to cover fares
- Convincing 50 top company CEOs to drive electric
- Installing charging stations for employees
The city will center its focus for the Smart City technology in its Linden district, where income is lowest, poverty is an epidemic, and resources are suffering.
Check Out the Smart City Pitch for Columbus.