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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 ModelFleet Duty Type
IMPCO 1CNG: Bi-fuel Chevy CruzeLight Duty Sedan
Natgascar 2CNG: Bi-fuel Ford F-150Light Duty Pick-Up
American Power Group5CNG: Class 8 Dual Fuel ConversionsHeavy Duty Dual Fuel Truck
Palmer Trucks1CNG: Class 8 Dedicated KenworthHeavy Duty Dedicated Truck
Landi Renzo1CNG: Dedicated F650Medium Duty Truck
Patriot Resource Systems2CNG: Venchurs Bi-fuel F150Light Duty Bi-fuel Pickup
Honda of America1CNG: Honda Civic GXLight Duty Dedicated Sedan
Gain Clean Fuels1CNG: Class 8 Dual Fuel or DedicatedHeavy 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.