Alternative Fuels & Advanced Technology Vehicles
Virginia supports the advancement of alternative transportation fuels and vehicles, and seeks opportunities to support a variety of alternative fuel projects across the Commonwealth. These fuels include biodiesel, ethanol, propane autogas, compressed natural gas (CNG), and electricity.
The Commonwealth actively works with partners to expand the state’s usage of alternative vehicles across its fleet. To learn more about this initiative, please read about the Virginia Alternative Fuel Program.
The Commonwealth also offers incentives for the conversion of selected fleet vehicles of State agencies and local governments in specific air quality non-attainment, ozone attainment, and/or maintenance areas. For more information, click Virginia Alternative Fuels Fleet Vehicle Incentive. Supported by Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Funds, fleets may be reimbursed for incremental costs to transition to alternative fuels such as electricity, natural gas (CNG), or propane autogas (LPG). Reimbursements can be up to an average of $10,000 for the incremental cost of new vehicles or reasonable aftermarket conversions.
DMME is supported on Alternative Fuels/Vehicles initiatives by Virginia Clean Cities (VCC) /James Madison University. The Clean Cities program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy in accordance with the Energy Policy Act of 1992, to reduce dependence on imported petroleum products, by promoting the use of alternative fuels and vehicles use in the transportation sector.
VCC, based in Harrisonburg, works to promote non-polluting, non-petroleum alternative fuels and vehicles to increase U.S. national energy security; improve air quality and public health in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and develop resulting economic, academic, and research opportunities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
VCC regularly offers alternative fuels training, produces alternative fueling locator maps, surveys Virginia’s fleet vehicles adoptions, follows biofuels production in the state, and conducts alternative vehicle road shows.
To get information about the activities and projects of VCC, please visit their website, at: http://www.vacleancities.org.