Department of Energy Awards $500,000 for Alternative Fuel Fleet Demos

(Columbus, OH) — The Department of Energy has awarded Clean Fuels Ohio, in partnership with five other clean cities coalitions, $500,000 for the Midwest DRIVES initiative, a comprehensive fleet vehicle demonstration and education program designed to specifically address barriers to alternative fuel vehicle (AFV) deployment.

Clean Fuels Ohio, along with Earth Day Coalition (OH), South Shore Clean Cities (IN), Greater Indiana Clean Cities (IN), Ann Arbor Clean Cities (MI), and Detroit Clean Cities (MI), developed the Midwest DRIVES initiative to offer fleets within the three states a wide range of AFVs for medium-term demonstrations. Following the demonstrations, detailed analysis and case studies will reveal cost- and fuel-saving opportunities relative to conventional vehicle models.

Vision Fleet Capital (VFC), a company working with fleet clients to analyze, deploy, finance, and manage advanced-fuel fleet vehicles, will provide data logging equipment for each demo vehicle. They use cloud-based data management and analytics for each fleet trial and will prepare data-driven case studies.

The Midwest DRIVES initiative will also provide informational resources on financial incentives and leasing models to ease capital acquisition costs for fleet AFV purchases.

“This program has the potential to make a significant impact on AFV adoption,” said Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio Sam Spofforth. “Not only will many fleet have opportunities to directly experience the benefits of these advanced fuel vehicles for themselves, but the case studies developed from Midwest DRIVES demonstrations will also help educate many fleets across the nation to facilitate further AFV adoption.”

The Midwest DRIVES initiative was one of 11 projects to receive a total of $6 million from the Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for projects aimed at improving buyers’ experiences with alternative fuel and plug-in electric vehicles, vehicle training, and integrating alternative fuels into emergency planning.

Clean Cities advances the nation’s environmental, economic, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum use in transportation. Clean Cities is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program.

Clean Fuels Ohio strives to improve air quality and health, reduce environmental pollution and strengthen Ohio’s economy by increasing the use of cleaner, domestic fuels and energy-saving vehicles.

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Learn more about Clean Cities at cleancities.energy.gov, and learn how to get involved with the Clean Fuels Ohio coalition at www.cleanfuelsohio.org.