According to the latest update provided as of April 30, 2018, the Ohio EPA has provided $3,321,893.86 in funding for the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion (AFVC) program, meaning there is still $1.6 million available.* The full list of awarded project can be found here.
“We’re not certain that all eligible private and public fleets in Ohio are aware of this program,” said Sam Spofforth, Executive Director of Clean Fuels Ohio. “This is a good incentive that decreases the time and miles required to achieve a financial payback on investment in cleaner vehicle technologies.”
The Ohio EPA began accepting applications for its Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Grant Program in late March. Grants can reimburse Ohio owners of large diesel or gasoline vehicles for 50% of the incremental cost of replacing or converting the vehicle to run on compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG) or propane autogas (LPG), including bi-fueled or dual-fueled vehicles that can run on both an alternative fuel and on gasoline or diesel fuel. Incremental cost is based simply on quotes for an alternative fueled vehicle compared to the cost of an otherwise identical diesel or gasoline vehicle.
Eligible vehicles must be registered in Ohio for operation on public highways and weigh at least 26,000 pounds (class 7 and 8). The program is open to applicants in every Ohio county. 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.
To apply for funding through the program, please visit the Ohio EPA’s website. For questions about potential projects, please call Clean Fuels Ohio at 614-884-7336.
*total funding remaining could be less than $1.6 million since the website hasn’t been updated in several weeks.