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Clean Fuels Ohio Launches the Midwest DRIVES Initiative

Clean Fuels Ohio, in collaboration with numerous partners, has launched “The Midwest DRIVES Initiative,” in response to AOI 1 of the US DOE EERE’s “Alternative Fuel Vehicle Deployment Initiatives” funding opportunity. The Midwest DRIVES Initiative represents a comprehensive fleet vehicle demonstration and education program designed to specifically address barriers to alternative fuel vehicle deployment. The Midwest DRIVES Initiative is designed to reduce AFV deployment barriers by:

  • Offering a wide range of medium-term (30–90 day average) AFV demonstrations in order for fleets to gain operational experience and data that provide validation for AFV purchases.
  • Performing analysis and creating case studies based on each demonstration that reveal cost- and fuel-saving opportunities relative to conventional vehicle models.
  • Presenting fleet education and outreach programing centered on case studies created from successful demonstrations so similar fleets across the nation can gain confidence for AFV adoption.
  • Offering informational resources on financial incentives and leasing models to ease capital acquisition costs for fleet AFV purchases.

The natural gas vehicles featured in the program include:

Vehicle Provider # Fuel Type & Vehicle Model Fleet Duty Type
IMPCO  1 CNG: Bi-fuel Chevy Cruze Light Duty Sedan
Natgascar  2 CNG: Bi-fuel Ford F-150 Light Duty Pick-Up
American Power Group 5 CNG: Class 8 Dual Fuel Conversions Heavy Duty Dual Fuel Truck
Palmer Trucks 1 CNG: Class 8 Dedicated Kenworth Heavy Duty Dedicated Truck
Landi Renzo 1 CNG: Dedicated F650 Medium Duty Truck
Patriot Resource Systems 2 CNG: Venchurs Bi-fuel F150 Light Duty Bi-fuel Pickup
Honda of America 1 CNG: Honda Civic GX Light Duty Dedicated Sedan
Gain Clean Fuels 1 CNG: Class 8 Dual Fuel or Dedicated Heavy Duty Tractor Trailer

More information about the Midwest DRIVES Initiative will be available at the upcoming Midwest Green Fleets Forum.  To learn how to enroll in the program, contact Program Director Andrew Conley at 614.884.7336.