City of Tiffin receives AEP grant for two electric vehicle charging stations

The City of Tiffin received a reservation award letter from AEP Ohio EV Charging Incentive Program in the amount of $150,000.00.  These funds are to be used to install two DC Fast Charging units for electric vehicles (EV) in City Lot 7 in Downtown Tiffin.  Installation is proposed to start in September of 2020 and be completed by the end of October 2020.

The Seneca Regional Planning Commission (SRPC) applied for the AEP EV Charging Station Incentive Program on behalf of the City of Tiffin. AEP has formally notified Seneca Regional Planning Commission of the reservation award in the amount of $150,000 for the City of Tiffin. SRPC has been in communication with ABM Electrical Power Solutions to revise the quote that was received in 2018 and start moving forward with the project.  The grant covers the purchase of the equipment, installation, warranties, network requirements, and signage. The total cost for the project is $158,000. SRPC is seeking other funds to fill the gap for the City of Tiffin.

The City of Tiffin will have ABM Electrical Power Solutions install two Level 3 -DC Fast Charging Units. These units will enable an electric vehicle to charge to 80% of the battery within 30 minutes. They require 480 V service.  Each charging station is equipped with two Power Modules that deliver up to 62.3 kW to a vehicle. The charging stations will support legacy and future battery packs from 200V to 1,000V.

The City of Tiffin sees this as not only a service to the citizens of Tiffin, but an opportunity for a positive economic impact.  The closest charging station of this capacity is in Bowling Green, Ohio. Having two of the fast charging stations will put Tiffin on the map in the ChargePoint mobile application.  This will allow visitors to our community a place to charge their vehicle and explore the revitalized downtown area of Tiffin and visit our local retail and restaurants while their vehicle is charging.