Location: Kirkwood, Missouri

Fleet Type: Light-duty Electric Vehicles

 

Narrative

Kirkwood Electric’s Bold Leap into Electric Mobility, at the forefront of sustainable energy solutions in Missouri, has taken a significant step forward by adding cutting-edge electric vehicles, including the Ford Mach-E and Ford Lightning, to its fleet. This move is a part of the company’s broader strategy to embrace environmentally friendly transportation options and lead by example in the community.

Infrastructure Enhancement: Recognizing the importance of supporting infrastructure for electric vehicles, Kirkwood Electric has played a pivotal role in rapidly expanding charging stations across city-owned parking lots. This expansion not only facilitates the use of electric cars but also underscores the company’s commitment to making sustainable transportation accessible and convenient for the community.

Promoting Micro-Mobility Solutions: Beyond electric cars, Kirkwood Electric is also championing micro-mobility solutions such as e-bikes, e-scooters, and golf carts. These smaller vehicles offer numerous benefits, including enhanced pedestrian safety, reduced wear and tear on city roads, and decreased maintenance costs. Their smaller size also means less space required for parking, making them an ideal option for urban mobility.

Encouraging Adoption of Eco-Friendly Transit: Kirkwood Electric is dedicated to promoting and possibly subsidizing the adoption of these sustainable transit options. The company recognizes these vehicles’ unique combination of public benefits and personal utility, from hauling groceries to safely carrying young children. It is actively working to facilitate their integration into daily life in Kirkwood.

Strategic Timing and Community Impact:  The timing of these initiatives is critical. With recent revisions to local ordinances allowing golf carts on certain streets and the upcoming extension of Grant’s Trail, which promises to be a boon for e-bike users, Kirkwood is at a pivotal juncture. The influx of funds from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law opens the door for more ambitious projects, further enhancing Kirkwood’s vision for a sustainable, well-connected community.

Outputs and Outcomes

Encouraging Adoption of Eco-Friendly Transit: Kirkwood Electric is dedicated to promoting and possibly subsidizing the adoption of these sustainable transit options. The company recognizes these vehicles’ unique combination of public benefits and personal utility, from hauling groceries to safely carrying young children. It is actively working to facilitate their integration into daily life in Kirkwood.

Best Practices & Lessons Learned

Kirkwood Electric’s commitment to electrifying its fleet and supporting micro-mobility options represents a visionary approach to urban transportation. By investing in electric vehicles like the Ford Mach-E and Ford Lightning and by enhancing the necessary infrastructure, Kirkwood Electric contributes to a greener environment. It fosters a more livable, sustainable community. Their efforts exemplify how utilities can be at the forefront of environmental stewardship and community development, paving the way for a more sustainable future.

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