Clean Fuels Ohio successfully wrapped up their Transportation Solutions Vehicle Expo at Columbus State Community College last Friday, October 15th. This event brought together solutions providers and implementers from around the state for a day of networking, education, and hands-on experience with some of the industry’s technologies.
A wide range of vehicle technologies, fuels, and types were displayed at the expo. Attendees explored vehicles from companies like Ingevity, Bus Service Inc. ICOM N. America, and Lordstown Motors. Local fleets brought several vehicles to demonstrate examples of real-world deployments as well.
Schools were able to explore the all-electric school bus provided by Lion Electric. Municipalities could look at CNG work trucks, a plug-in hybrid police cruiser and an all-electric Chevy Bolt all provided by the City of Columbus. The City of Dublin also provided a CNG plow. Transit authorities had several options as well including an all-electric and a hydrogen fuel cell 40-foot transit bus. Several paratransit vehicles were there including an all-electric provided by Endera Motors and a propane-powered van from Bus Service Inc. Columbus Yellow Cab brought their all-electric paratransit van from the Proof-of-Concept project that was upfitted by Bus Service. Alliance Autogas also brought a propane-powered mobile EV charging station that provided charge to several EVs at the event.
“Clean Fuels Ohio is a fuel and technology inclusive organization,” said Rachel Ellenberger, Director of Business Development and Communications. “We serve a large audience with different needs, budgets, ad interests. We’re happy we were able to get such a wide variety of vehicle types and fuels represented at the expo so there was something there for everyone.”
In addition to the outdoor vehicle expo, Listen & Learn sessions hosted throughout the day gave overviews of Clean Fuels Ohio’s consulting services program and policy initiatives. A variety of posters were featured throughout the campus showcasing Clean Fuels Ohio’s programs including Ohio Green Fleets, consulting, and policy. Posters detailing Clean Fuels Ohio’s role in the U.S. Department of Energy projects such as Zero Emission Freight Future and Drive Electric USA were also featured.
The event highlighted several vehicles available for ride and drives including the Lordstown Motors Endurance, Ingevity’s ANG-powered F-150, Alliance Autogas’ propane-powered Ford Escape, and Lion Electric’s all-electric school bus.
Honda Development & Manufacturing of Ohio sponsored the ongoing tours of Columbus State Community College’s Automotive Technology Lab. Columbus State is a key partner in the focus on workforce development in Ohio’s alternative fuel industry by helping train the future generation of technicians and Honda helps promote the opportunities afforded to the current and future workforce in Ohio.
The team is excited about the success of their event and is looking forward to beginning planning to bring back the Midwest Green Transportation Forum & Expo in 2022 for their 20th anniversary.