Drive Clean Chicago - Drive Clean Taxi Fund

The Drive Clean Chicago - Drive Clean Taxi Voucher Fund (2015-2017) was developed by the Chicago Department of Transportation to help make alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) more affordable by providing up to $10,000 in attractive vehicle voucher incentives to taxi, livery and other public passenger vehicle operators for the purchase of plug-in electric (PEV) and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle technologies. Eligible operators were those licensed under the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) and operate public transportation vehicles in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Drive Clean Taxi was funded through the Federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Program and was an important partnership between CDOT, CALSTART, Tetra Tech, Inc., Legacy Environmental Services and the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition. Drive Clean Taxi successfully increased the use of AFVs in Chicago and has contributed to improving air quality and reducing the transportation sector’s dependence on petroleum.

Drive Clean Taxi Fund - Program Highlights
  • 81 AFVs (ride-share, livery and taxi cars) funded and on the Chicago streets.
  • $806,000 total in vouchers were dispersed throughout the duration of the program.
  • 1,900 Tons of Greenhouse Gas emissions will be reduced each year.
  • 227,853 gallons of gasoline would have been burned annually by the 81 vehicles that were replaced by DCC-funded AFVs!
The next time you call a ride in Chicago, you just might ride emissions-free!