In 2020, the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC), which houses the Kansas City Regional and Central Kansas Clean Cities Coalitions, announced the deployment of all-electric trucks under their grant project, “Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Unincentivized Markets.”
The grant project is focused on improving air quality, saving money and gathering information. With their project partner from Penn State University, MEC will analyze telematics data supported by fleet interviews and operational evaluation from the project fleets to validate broader deployments of battery-powered yard trucks.
Ultimately, MEC will create a deployment guide based on the real-world experiences of their project partners so fleets across the country can access reliable data in support of cleaner, more efficient freight handling.
Additional information about the project can be read in a previous FuelsFix article.
Along with the project fleets in the Kansas City and metro Chicago areas, an all-electric demo truck is available for use at interested fleet sites across the U.S. at no cost to the fleet except a shipping fee up to $500.
The vehicles funded under this grant and available for demonstration are designed and built by Orange EV. Based in Riverside, MO, Orange EV was the first American company to commercially build, deploy and service 100% electric Class-8 electric vehicles.
The electric terminal truck demonstration vehicle is available to be requested now.