Here’s how Columbus is getting more people to switch to electric cars

Since the beginning of 2017, the city has seen an uptick in people choosing battery EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs that’s outstripped both the national and midwest regional average. Specifically, the increase in new EVs since January 2017 has been 121 percent in Columbus, 94 percent for the US as a whole, and just 82 percent for the Midwest.

It’s often said that the easiest way to get someone to switch to an EV is by letting them drive one for five minutes, and that’s been a key part of Smart Columbus’ strategy.