Ohio might be an odd place to look for the future of electrified vehicles.
Like other Midwestern states, Ohio has no zero-emission vehicle sales mandate, so automakers spend little marketing electric vehicles and hybrids in the region.
Those vehicles are sent to the coasts. "Manufacturers, they're just not sending cars here for us to sell," says Matt Ringlien, used vehicle sales manager at Dave Gill Chevrolet in Columbus. "They don't see the market dictating that need. So that makes it difficult."
Difficult perhaps, but not impossible. Ringlien has spearheaded a novel partnership between the dealership and a regional initiative that has invigorated sales of new and used EVs and plug-in hybrids, making the dealership a destination for green-minded buyers.
Automakers are investing billions to develop electrified vehicles, and some world leaders are clamoring for the reduction of greenhouse gases as a crucial step in averting the effects of climate change.
But missing from many efforts to promote vehicle electrification has been convincing consumers that they should switch from vehicles with internal combustion engines. Dave Gill Chevrolet has started to address that.