Ohio EPA Launches $5 Million Grant Program for Natural Gas and Propane Heavy-Duty Vehicles


The Ohio EPA has now launched their new Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Conversion Grant program. This program will award $5 million in grants to reimburse Ohio owners of large diesel or gasoline vehicles for a portion of the cost of replacing or converting the vehicle to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or propane autogas (LPG). This will include bi-fueled or dual- fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and on gasoline or diesel fuel.

Eligible vehicles must be registered in Ohio for operation on public highways and weigh at least 26,000 pounds. The program is open to private and government fleets operating anywhere in Ohio. The purchased or converted vehicle must be used for business purposes, and at least half the miles driven by the new or converted AFV vehicle must be within the state of Ohio. This program does not require the destruction of the engine of the vehicle being replaced.

Applications can be submitted beginning March 6, 2018 at 8am. Applications submitted prior to this time will not be considered. Applications must be submitted by e-mail to derg@epa.ohio.gov. Applications will be considered in the order received, and grants will be awarded in order to those eligible. A PDF for the solicitation can be found here:

http://epa.ohio.gov/Portals/42/documents/AFV%20application%20guidelines%202018.pdf

The maximum grant amount allowed per alternative fueled vehicle will be the lesser of:

  • 50% of the adjusted purchase price of the new AFV (i.e. difference or incremental cost between price of diesel or gasoline vehicle and that of an AFV)

  • 50% of the cost of the conversion, or

  • $25,000

The maximum grant award allowed to a person that purchases or converts multiple AFVs is $400,000.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Policy Director, Jason Phillips at Jason@CleanFuelsOhio.org.

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