When Columbus beat out 77 other cities to become the winner of the USDOT Smart City Challenge, we knew it would take all of “US” to bring about a culture shift in transportation. For the past 100 years, mobility has been defined by the individually owned, combustion-engine vehicle. In Columbus, we can see the effects of this in our day-to-day lives. As we face growing equity, safety, environmental, and efficiency concerns with mobility today, industry and thought leaders alike agree disruption is coming. Columbus plans to not only participate in this disruption, but lead it – inspiring a culture shift that embraces C.A.S.E – the Connected, Autonomous, Shared and Electric mobility ecosystem of the future. Foundational to the success of this future is the electric powertrain, which is better equipped to sustain and support connected, autonomous, and shared technologies.
In 2015, electric vehicles made up just 0.37% of vehicles sold in the seven-county Columbus region. As the winner challenge, co-sponsored by the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation (Vulcan, Inc.), Columbus aims to increase EV purchases by 480%, which would make it a leader among non-ZEV states. As America’s “ultimate test market” and first Smart City, we will test how to radically increase electric vehicle adoption and share our case study with cities around the world.
During this panel, Smart Columbus leaders will share the strategies Columbus is employing to increase consumer and fleet EV purchases, deploy charging infrastructure and decarbonize its electric grid, and discuss how the programs being piloted in Columbus can be applied in other cities.