Alternative Fuel Fleet Vehicle Funding Application
In support of the university’s operational excellence and resources stewardship sustainability goals, departments may apply for up to $10,000 toward the incremental cost of a new electric vehicle and up to $20,000 toward the incremental cost of a new compressed natural gas vehicle. This funding is made available through a $500,000 President and Provost’s Council on Sustainability Ohio State Sustainability fund for distribution to other university departments. We encourage university departments to purchase alternative fuel fleet vehicles, and this new opportunity demonstrates Ohio State and TTM’s commitment to advance sustainability across campus through efforts to reduce the university’s carbon footprint by 25% by 2025. To learn more about TTM's commitment to the university's sustainability goals, visit ttm.osu.edu/sustainability.
Departments may request funding below for multiple vehicles. All applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis until the funding has been exhausted. Funding recipients will be asked to commit to replace future university vehicle purchases with alternative fuel vehicles, unless approved through Transportation and Traffic Management. If you have questions or would like to learn more about this funding opportunity, please contact our university fleet administration manger, John Marlow, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-247-7808.
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Options
Electric Vehicles (EV)
- EVs are powered by an on board battery pack that powers all the systems on the car, including the drive motor.
- Not having an engine, EVs require less maintenance.
- Ideal for intercity travel, EVs have a typical range between 100 and 238 miles between charges.
- Using a level 2 charger, the standard charger available on campus, adds 25 miles on average to the battery pack for each hour the charger is activated.
- Download electric vehicle (EV) overview.
Plug In Hybrid Vehicles (PHEV)
- PHEVs combine electric vehicle technology and hybrid technology.
- For short trips, the vehicle can be recharged and operated as an electric vehicle for approximately 30 miles before the battery is depleted.
- For long trips, the vehicle will activate the combustion engine and operate as a typical hybrid vehicle until the next time the battery pack is recharged.
- Download plug in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) overview.
Compressed Natural Gas Vehicles (CNG)
- CNG vehicle’s use natural gas as the energy source to operate a combustion engine.
- They typically work within a defined service area where trips are short enough to return to a central depot for refueling.
- CNG is a good alternative fuel option for class 2 (>6001 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) and greater vehicles.
- The cost of a CNG vehicle will vary depending on the amount of fuel storage is required on the vehicle.
- Download compressed natural gas vehicle (CNG) overview.