Key Industries

Automotive + Mobility

The Columbus Region is at the forefront of automotive technology, smart mobility, and the electric vehicle movement. In one year, nearly 650,000 cars are produced here, and the regional economic output for the automotive industry exceeds $2.7 billion annually.

With smart mobility assets and testing grounds, the Columbus Region provides the ideal environment for companies to innovate across both traditional manufacturing and new technologies.

The Columbus Region has benefited from significant new foreign direct investment and is home to a large presence of international-owned companies with manufacturing operations, including Honda automotive plants and Honda R&D headquarters. With an extensive automotive supplier network, the Region is located in the center of the U.S. automotive industry allowing unmatched access to U.S. OEMs and suppliers.

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With multiple smart mobility assets and testing grounds, the Columbus Region provides the most comprehensive mobility ecosystem in the U.S and one of the most cost effective markets for testing, development, and physical operations.

In 2016, Columbus won the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge which has led to the establishment of Smart Columbus and several local mobility initiatives.The Region’s focus on the future has also positioned it for growth in the electric vehicle sector, with expertise in BEV, HEV, PHEV, and FCEV.

In Logan County, you’ll find the Transportation Research Center – the largest independent vehicle testing and proving grounds in the United States.

Additional assets in the Columbus Region include the U.S. 33 Smart Mobility Corridor, the OSU Center for Automotive Research, Connected Marysville, Connected Dublin, and DriveOhio.

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