In April 2021, Transportation Energy Partners (TEP) began work on “Helping Rural Counties Transition to Cleaner Fuels and Vehicles,” a three-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. This project will provide outreach, education, and technical assistance to local county government decision makers in eight pilot states to help them transition their fleets and fleets in their communities to cleaner fuels and vehicles. In addition, this project aims to create models for effectively transferring advanced clean fuel and vehicle technologies to county governments and rural communities, which face unique challenges and are often underserved.

Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) is one of seven partner Clean Cities Coalitions working on this project. CFO will recruit government officials and fleet managers from at least three rural counties in Ohio to receive in-depth technical assistance to aid the rural government in transitioning to cleaner fuels and vehicles. The project team is contracting with a variety of vehicle providers to highlight an array of alternative fuel options, such as electric, natural gas, propane, and ethanol. The work done in rural counties in Ohio will join the work from seven other states in the country and be added to a Replication Playbook to disseminate project successes and a step-by-step action plan to project states, county leaders, rural communities, and fleet managers across the country.

If you are a rural county government official or a rural fleet manager and would like to participate in this project, please reach out to Andrew Conley, Chief Program Officer, at [email protected] or Brandon Jones, Consulting Services Manager, at [email protected].