Location: Johnson County, KS

Fleet Type: Light-duty Electric Vehicles



Johnson County Community College (JCCC) is one of the most affordable and high-quality forms of higher education for the Kansas City metro. They provide various degrees and certifications for their students, and in recent years, they have demonstrated an incredible amount of support for sustainability.

JCCC has many goals for meeting environmental standards, including but not limited to, becoming a zero-waste-to-landfill campus by 2025, a 100% renewable-energy campus by 2050, and reducing its carbon footprint, energy and water use overall.

In order to meet these goals, per the website of their Sustainability Center, they have done the following: 

  • Create an incentive for students to enroll in Sustainable Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship.
  • Implement a $1-per-credit-hour student fee to finance ideas tied to the Sustainability Initiatives Fund.
  • Divert 50% of JCCC waste by 2016.
  • Achieve 15% of renewable energy by 2020.
  • Earn the Silver designation in our 2019-2020 reporting period from the AASHE.

With all of this said, MEC is proud to say that JCCC was one of the recipients of our EVUM (Electric Vehicles in Underserved Markets) grant program. As a subrecipient, they purchased UTVs (utility task vehicle)  and an electric Ford Lightning in place of the original light-duty SUVs. The budget has dropped to $388,308 from $436,619.

We look forward to seeing the results of this partnership and welcome continued collaboration with a collegiate system that is a cornerstone of the Kansas City metro area.

Outputs and Outcomes

The EVUM project has been slow-moving for JCCC due to production delays, supply chain issues, and other unforeseeable problems. They have had to change their original scope a few times, because F150 Lightning’s were beginning to be hard to come by. There have been no tangible outputs or outcomes yet because of these issues. We hope to be able to deploy the 3 F150 Lightnings, 3 EV UTVs, and the required charging stations to operate these vehicles by the end of the project, which has been extended to 2025.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

When going with EV vendors/manufacturers, make sure to be aware of the wait times, especially with production delays it can take multiple months before seeing any movement in the queue, and sometimes more than a year to receive a production date. Ford has had many issues due to the extremely high demand for the F150 Lightnings. Make sure to have multiple options in mind so that not all your eggs are in one basket.

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