Clean Fuel Vehicles

Clean-fuel vehicles are motor vehicles designed to be propelled by one of the following fuels: biodiesel, hydrogen, electricity (e.g. plug-in technology including hybrid and all battery), ethanol, liquefied natural gas (LNG), liquefied petroleum gas (e.g. LPG or propane) and natural gas (e.g. compressed natural gas or CNG). 

Clean fuel vehicles have a number of properties that make them more attractive than conventional vehicles. They have lower tailpipe emissions of air pollutants like carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen oxide (NOx), sodium oxide (SOx) and fine particles, and provide higher fuel economy. In metropolitan Washington, the transportation sector contributes one third of regional greenhouse gas emissions. 

Strong leadership by local governments has been vital to the region’s acceptance of clean vehicles through implementing green fleet policies for their fleets and installing clean fuel infrastructure. To further expand the use of clean fuel vehicles in the region, COG works to address barriers to electric vehicle transportation through education, sharing of best practices, and outreach.   

News & Multimedia

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    Vehicle census shows what's on our region's roads

    March 13, 2018

    What kinds of cars and trucks are on our region’s roads? TPB planners are interested in understanding the current characteristics of cars, trucks and buses in...

  • Northern Virginia EV Demo Day

    Region's leaders strategize for the coming electric vehicle revolution

    February 7, 2018

    Behind the scenes at the Washington Auto Show, leaders from metropolitan Washington gathered to strategize about readying the region for plugging in to a coming...

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    Heart of COG: Leah Boggs

    January 4, 2017

    Senior Environmental Planner Leah Boggs joined COG 17 years ago looking to make an impact at the local level. Now, she is guiding a major initiative to bring...

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    Metro Steers Toward Sustainable Transportation

    September 2, 2015

    Metro, in partnership with Complete Coach Works (CCW), and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), hosted a demonstration on August 24 of a...

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    Scaling Up Electric Vehicles in Metropolitan Washington

    February 1, 2013

    Metropolitan Washington regularly finds itself at or near the top of a lot of lists. Some of these distinctions are good such as being the most educated...

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    Electric Vehicle Planning Moves Forward with New Partnership

    September 30, 2011

    COG advanced regional electric vehicle planning by joining the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA), an industry association of vehicle and...

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    How Local Governments Can Plan for Electric Vehicles

    May 4, 2011

    A COG Forum brought together representatives from local governments, utilities, and electric vehicle suppliers to discuss how local governments in the region...

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