Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoption in Mid-America is designed to increase use of alternative fuel in Kansas and western Missouri by the following approaches: 1) expanding infrastructure along key highways, most notably by closing the CNG fueling gap on I-70 between Denver and Kansas City, completing this leg of the AFV Corridor; 2) partnering with each local community where infrastructure investment takes place under the terms of this grant to educate, promote alternative fuels, and create a replicable grass-roots model to expand clean-fuel markets; 3) assisting local communities in first-time alternative fuel adoption and to assist organizations working to expand existing alternative fuel fleets.

Workshops and Fleet Resources

Fleets are welcome to participate in our workshops after the fact. Below are a survey that will help Metropolitan Energy Center create new deployment guides and resources for fleets who are planning for new alternative fuel deployments; as well as some presentations from our events.

Fleet Questionnaire

Mid-America Green Fleets


Grain Valley School District

Kansas City International Airport

  • New electric charging stations to charge their brand-new electric buses (completed 2017)
  • New electric buses, adding 4 to growing fleet (in progress)
  • Electrify Workshop: KCI Presents: Electrify

CNG Highway Corridors

  • Currently accepting project proposals for fueling infrastructure funding.
  • Increased CNG fueling capacity for City of El Dorado (I-35)

Planned Project List

  1. CNG Corridors
    1. Stirk CNG at Sapp Bros., Harrisonville, MO (I-49)
    2. CNG at Salina, KS, truck stop (I-70)
    3. CNG at WaKeeney or Goodland, KS, truck stop (I-70)
    4. City of El Dorado public fueling (improved capacity), El Dorado, KS (I-35)
  2. CNG & EV Fleet Expansion
    1. 10 HD CNG Trucks, City of El Dorado, KS
    2. 10 EV sedans and 26 HD CNG Trucks, City of Kansas City, MO
    3. 10 EV Shuttle Buses and DCFC, Kansas City Missouri Aviation Department
    4. Private Time-Fill CNG (adds 60-bus capacity), Blue Springs MO R-IV Schools
    5. 3 HD trucks, KALM Energy, Harrisonville, MO
  3. New CNG and Propane Fleets; Biodiesel Blending
    1. Propane Fueling (for new propane school buses), Grain Valley MO R-5 Schools
    2. Biodiesel Blending for campus use, University of Kansas Biodiesel Initiative, Lawrence, KS
    3. 5 CNG refuse trucks, City of Garden City, KS

Projected Minimum Outcomes

Annual reductions in GHG emissions by Year Three 1,645 Metric Tons
Cumulative reductions in GHG emissions by Year Three 3,377 Metric Tons
Annual reductions in petroleum by Year Three 20,715 Barrels
Cumulative reductions in petroleum use by Year Three 43,675 Barrels
Annual reductions in fuel costs (conservative) by Year Three $435,353
Cumulative reductions in fuel costs (conservative) by Year Three $888,615

Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc. (MEC) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit with a 34-year history of transforming energy use in mid-America. For 20 years, MEC and Kansas City Regional Clean Cities have led projects to improve the environmental impacts of regional fleets. MEC has secured and successfully managed nearly $40 million in federal and local funds for clean vehicles, fuel stations, and advanced fuel projects in partnerships in four states (MO, KS, NE, IA). These include the deployment of hundreds of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles, and installation of dozens of alternative fuel and electric charging stations.

This material is based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Vehicle Technologies Program under Award Number DE-EE0008262.