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AFVFLORIDA, formerly the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition, educates policy makers and the public on the benefits of alternative fuel vehicles.  Alternative fuel vehicles such as NGV’s (natural gas vehicles) and EV’s (electric vehicles) burn cleaner than diesel and traditional fuel vehicles. In Florida, for example, many commercial fleets are converting to natural gas.  Other alternative fuel vehicles are powered by biodiesel, propane, ethanol, and hydrogen. Each of these alternative fuels comes with its own benefits and limitations. However, most burn cleaner and are less expensive than traditional fuels and therefore provide environmental and economic benefits.

There are other benefits such as avoiding the need for the selective catalytic reduction or exhaust gas recirculation to meet the 2010 EPA standards for vehicles that use diesel fuel.  For the above reasons, the Florida Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition was founded in 2012.  In 2020, we’re expanding to become AFVFLORIDA in order to study and promote the entire spectrum of alternative fuels available for commercial and individual use.

The time for alternative fuel vehicles such as natural gas and electric has arrived. Our own public opinion polling indicates exceptionally levels of support for government sponsored programs to remove older, less efficient, and dirtier vehicles from Florida’s roadways. According to one survey, 72% of Floridians approved of a proposal to help commercial fleet vehicles convert from traditional fuels to decrease U.S. reliance on imported oil, create jobs, and improve air quality.

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Current and past members of the coalition include UPS, Beer Industry of Florida, Florida Natural Gas Association, U.S. Sugar, Lowe’s Home Improvement, JJ Taylor Companies, Champion Brands, TECO People’s Gas, Clean Energy, Cummings Westport, and Waste Management.

Our history includes advocating for cash incentives for the purchase of natural gas vehicles and conducting empirical research on alternative fuel vehicles.  Our data, widely circulated in the news media and state Capitol, indicated that Natural Gas Vehicle (NGV) incentives could create over 10,000 jobs, $300 million in new wages, and $1 billion in economic output in that state over two decades.

Working in concert with our coalition partners, and using public opinion polling, research, lobbying, and media relations, we helped to secure $30 million in cash grants, of which approximately $24 million has been allocated.  Our coalition also helped to secure favorable tax treatment for natural gas fuels, resulting in significant savings to natural gas vehicle users.  We’re asking current and past members of the Florida NGV Coalition to help with a new round of funding to: 1) increase awareness of the benefits of natural gas vehicles in Florida, 2) secure the release of the last $6 million of funding, 3) urge the legislature to create additional NGV incentives, and 4) extend favorable tax treatment for natural gas vehicles.

We also commissioned a public opinion survey conducted by TelOpinion Research on February 7 – 12, 2013.  The survey found that 72% of Floridians approved of a proposal to help commercial fleet vehicles convert from traditional fuels to decrease U.S. reliance on imported oil, create jobs, and improve air quality.

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CHOICES

At this point in American history, drivers have options – from natural gas trucks and vans to electric cars, and even scooters for that important “last mile.” Traditional gasoline is still an option and while it’s important to evolve, as a practical public policy matter, we must remain mindful of the national economy, quality of …