Location: Osawatomie, KS

Fleet Type: Light-duty Fleet Vehicles




Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) AKA Kansas City Regional Clean Cities won the EVUM grant (Electric Vehicles in Underserved Markets) through the Department of Energy. The grant is focused on bringing EVs and EVSE technology to communities and regions that previously had no access or restricted access, in line with the Justice40 movement and put out on RFA to find subrecipients for the new program. The City of Osawatomie was one of MECs applicants and ended up being awarded a portion of the funding, and we have continued to work with them on the project as they begin to electrify for the first time.

In order to have an electrified city fleet, there must be the appropriate equipment and infrastructure to pair with these vehicles. Thankfully, in our partnership with Osawatomie, we have addressed this as well. They currently have eleven dual charging stations up and running and register on the ChargePoint network. They have one more charging station to install, so twelve dual chargers in total. All the charging stations equipment has been purchased, but they are waiting for the location of the last charger (6th Street) to be redone before they install the station.

Furthermore, their budget has twenty-four chargers written in (ten Multi-Family and fourteen Public Charging Stations). With half of them already being installed/in the process of being installed, they have decided to not install the rest of the chargers in order to close out early. They are aiming to close out at the end of 2024.

With regard to the electrification of their fleet, Osawatomie has received word that they are getting a Ford F-150 Lightning. For the second truck in their budget they’ve requested both a Ford F-150 Lightning and a Silverado EV to see which vehicle they can get first.

MEC is proud to be working with a city in the Kansas City Metropolitan area in the sustainability advancement and economic vitality that comes along with electric vehicles. As former city manager, Mike Scanlon, said, “It’s nice to be at the front-end of rural economic development when it comes to EV chargers and vehicles. With the recent announcement of the Panasonic Battery Plant in De Soto, I believe as a community we are perfectly placed to leverage the benefits of these new technologies. I believe we can become a national leader in rural sustainability – the field is ours to grab.”

Outputs and Outcomes

The EVUM project is ongoing, but thus far Osawatomie has deployed half of their charging stations to the designated locations, and is expecting the delivery of their first EV very soon. This was a town that previously had no EVs, no sustainable transportation, no real interaction with alternative fuels whatsoever. This has since exposed them to the benefits of electrification, and has shown them what their town is capable of achieving even without a major city budget. Osawtomie will be completing the second half of the EVUM project over the next 2 years.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Sometimes, people who have no previous interaction with something may end up being the best at it. Go into situations without any assumptions and you never know what might happen. Although many people are still hesitant about EVs and have many preconceived notions about their performance, Osawatomie has shown how beneficial adapting can be. A town that had no experience with electrification is now devoting themselves to it, Osawatomie wants to become a national leader in sustainability and we here at MEC are rooting for them.

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