In February, Clean Fuels Ohio (CFO) and the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) submitted a detailed application to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), nominating major highways in Ohio as signage ready or pending alternative fuel “corridors” based on the level of publicly available fueling infrastructure in proximity to these highways. This is the fifth round of nominations the FHWA has sought on “alternative fuel corridors.” It builds on prior work conducted by Clean Fuels Ohio and MORPC to designate electric vehicle and natural gas vehicle charging corridors. For this fifth round of nominations, CFO was able to leverage the robust existing network of publicly available propane Autogas stations throughout the state to improve the portfolio of Alternative Fuel Corridors designated in Ohio to include propane Autogas. You can view CFO’s newsletter article on alternative fuel corridor designations here.
In late April, the FHWA announced it approved nominations for corridors around the country, with CFO and MORPC’s submission getting 7 corridors approved for propane Autogas and 14 corridors for DCFC, respectively. Some corridors included in this round of approvals include: I-71 between Columbus, OH and Cleveland, OH; I-75 between the OH/KY border and the OH/MI border; and I-90 between the OH/WV border and the northern terminus in Cleveland for propane Autogas, and 1-70 between Cambridge, OH and Huber Heights, OH; I-71 between Cleveland, OH and the intersection of I-75 and I-90; and I-90 between Elyria, OH and Mentor, OH for DCFC.
Alternative Fuel Corridor designations by the Federal Highway Administration are important for increasing accessibility and awareness of alternative fuels for drivers and the public. They are also crucial in determining allocations of additional funding for charging and fueling infrastructure in the future. With this announcement from Department of Transportation Secretary Buttigieg, the White House issued a press release outlining the announcement and highlighting other new EV-related resources from federal agencies.
Thea Ewing, MORPC’s Director of Transportation & Infrastructure Development, says “this announcement from the federal government represents a great opportunity to expand propane Autogas and EV infrastructure and adoption in the State of Ohio, and allows us to further prioritize increasing alternative fuel usage to reduce emissions from the transportation sector.”