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Ohio Will Phase In Road Taxes on CNG

The transportation budget passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine on April 3rd includes a new road tax on compressed natural gas (CNG) that will be phased in over the next five years. Users of CNG in Ohio have not previously been subject to fuel taxation. This was part of a larger $8.5 billion budget that included hikes on gasoline from 28.6 cents per gallon to 38.5 cents for gasoline and up to 47 cents per gallon on diesel. Following a five-year phase-in, CNG will be taxed at a diesel gallon equivalent (DGE) rather than a gasoline gallon equivalent (GGE). The state’s rationale is that CNG tends to be used by heavy vehicles in place of diesel fuel. However, this mea

Grants and Financing Available for Propane Buses

Ohio currently provides authority to school districts for non-levy financing for propane Autogas and other clean school bus options and will soon open another round of VW funding for these choices. According to the Ohio Propane Gas Association, over 600 Ohio school buses are running on propane, saving costs on fluids, filters, fuel, and repairs while keeping students safe. Clean Fuels Ohio offers expert assistance to school districts interested in applying for these funding sources. School districts can email Andrew Conley or Tim Cho or call 614-884-7336. Propane Autogas is an excellent economic and environmental solution for powering school buses,” said Andrew Conley, Director of Fleet Serv

Ohio Electric Vehicle, Hybrid Owners to be Taxed at the Highest Rate in the Nation

The Ohio transportation budget passed by the Ohio General Assembly and signed by Governor DeWine on April 3 will include a new $200 annual up-front registration tax for both electric vehicles (EV) and plug in hybrids (PHEV), plus a $100 annual up-front tax for non-plug in hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Also included in the $8.5 billion budget was funding for maintenance of Ohio’s roads and bridges as well as other policy issues that pertain to transportation. Twenty-one states across the country require an annual registration sticker for EVs and PHEV. Most range between $50 and $150 per year. Only West Virginia and Georgia charge $200 and both have seen a significant decline in adoptio

VW Funding Decisions Ill-Served by USEPA Diesel Emissions Quantifier tool

State agencies administering millions of dollars in VW grants are using a tool, the Diesel Emission Quantifier (DEQ), that grossly under-estimates NOx emissions of newer diesel engines and is off target on assessments of some alternative fuels. The inaccuracies likely would lead to less overall positive health impacts of the VW funding program resulting from skewed cost-benefit analyses of projects. Specifically, NOx emissions reductions from alternative fuel and zero emissions options would be understated while diesel-to-diesel impacts would be overvalued. Alternative methodologies such as the Heavy-Duty Vehicle Emissions Calculator (HDVEC) from Argonne National Laboratory would produce fai

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