About Drive Clean Chicago?

What is Drive Clean Chicago?


Drive Clean Chicago is an innovative incentive program aimed at creating a roadmap for a greater alternative fuel transportation network for Chicago. Given the fluctuation in fuel costs, vehicle emissions and the lack of infrastructure for alternative fuels, Drive Clean Chicago provides important incentives to help Chicago fleet owners purchase cleaner vehicles that are better for business and the environment.

Drive Clean Chicago, funded by resources from the federal Congestion Mitigation Air Quality (CMAQ) program, supports Mayor Emanuel’s mission to make Chicago the most livable, sustainable and competitive city in the world. Sustainable Chicago 2015, the City’s sustainability roadmap, calls for enhanced use of clean fuels and clean vehicle technologies to reduce emissions by transportation vehicles. Through similar federally funded incentive programs, the City has helped deploy over 400 cleaner vehicles for Chicago area fleets and over 220 alternative fuel stations since 2010. These vehicles and stations have displaced 200,000 barrels of oil and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 2,850 tons.


Our Drive Clean Partners


The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is partnering with CALSTART, a national non-profit organization specializing in clean transportation initiatives to develop and implement Drive Clean Chicago. CALSTART has an excellent track record of managing some of the nation's largest fleet incentive programs including the California Hybrid Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program and the New York Truck - Voucher Incentive Program.

CALSTART has created an impressive Project Team including Tetra Tech, Inc. and Legacy Environmental Services to support with the successful implementation of Drive Clean Chicago. Tetra Tech, Inc. is responsible for managing Drive Clean Chicago’s Voucher Processing Center (VPC) and has excellent experience managing large-scale clean fleet programs including the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Trucks Program, The Port Authority of NY & NJ Truck Replacement Program and the NYC Hunts Point Clean Trucks Program. Legacy Environmental Services, also the program coordinators of the South Shore Clean Cities Coalition and the Wisconsin Clean Cities, is responsible for executing marketing and outreach to Chicago’s commercial and taxi fleets in collaboration with the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.

The Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition (CACC) has been a key partner of the City’s to advance the growth of alternative fuel use in the Chicago area over the last 20 years. As a designated coalition under the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program, CACC’s mission is to reduce, replace and eliminate petroleum use in the transportation sector. In 2012, CACC stakeholders reduced over 13 million gasoline gallon equivalents through idling reduction, fleet efficiencies and alternative fuel use. The Drive Clean Partners look forward to working with Chicago's fleets and vendors to apply for incentives to purchase alternative fuel vehicles and develop the City's alternative fuel infrastructure.