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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (November 8th, 2021) – The U.S. Department of Energy has selected Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) for a $5.2 million award to lead electric vehicle (EV) and charging station projects under the Low Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Vehicle Technologies Research, Development, Demonstration and Deployment program.  Funded projects will reduce diesel fumes in the air we breathe by supporting EV purchases, charging station installations, and outreach efforts to notify communities of these resources.  The funds will also help small businesses and rural cities accelerate their transition to electric vehicles in Missouri and Kansas.

As part of the award program, eight businesses and municipalities in Kansas and Missouri have pledged more than 15% of their own project budgets in contributions to help smaller communities qualify for federal cost-share matching requirements.  These businesses and muncipalities operate within environmental justice areas, opportunity zones, and other underserved areas. In addition to sedans, they are replacing small and heavy trucks with electric models.  Diesel emissions from heavy vehicles and off-road machinery contribute to early deaths, asthma rates and family illness keeping people away from jobs and school.  Those are just some of the health and social impacts from diesel fumes that affect the community members MEC serves.

Additionally, thanks to this award and generous overmatch contributions from some funding recipients, MEC can offer a small grant program for underserved communities.  Small grant recipients will define for themselves what project features would be locally most beneficial, like projects to install public EV charging stations in parking lots and curbsides near multi-unit residential complexes and retail businesses.  The success of the program depends upon placing EV charging stations within underserved or rural areas that feel the effects of environmental justice issues.

Executive director Kelly Gilbert said, “MEC will use our access to reach and empower communities in underserved urban and rural areas.  We will provide funds that communities can use in the ways that they decide will best meet their local needs.  We’ve seen that publicly funded EV chargers are even less likely than privately funded chargers to land in underserved areas, and it is important to change that trend.”

The award is expected to be finalized and the project to begin in early 2022; small grants are expected to be available in 2023.  Organizations interested in learning more about the upcoming small grant program opportunities should contact Miriam Bouallegue at miriam@metroenergy.org.

Tag Archive for: electric vehicles

August 16 @ 10:00 am August 18 @ 2:30 pm

The Green Transportation Summit and Expo (GTSE) is the West Coast’s premier fleet modernization and sustainable transportation event. GTSE offers attendees an inside look at the latest in fleet technologies and innovation. It provides informative sessions featuring a who’s who of national and regional transportation leaders.

During the three-day event, MEC and our project partners will present on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the session, Zero-Emission Freight Handling: Making the Case with Electric Yard Trucks.

When: August 16-18, 2022
Where: Greater Tacoma Convention Center – 1500 Commerce Street, Tacoma, WA 98402



Meet Your Presenters

Dr. XB Hu, Assistant Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Dr. XB Hu is an Assistant Professor at Pennsylvania State University in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He directs the SmartMobility lab at PSU. Prior to joining PSU, he was an Assistant Professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T at Rolla MO) between 2017 and 2021. Before that, he was a founding team member, and Director of R&D at Metropia Inc. – a university spinoff that develops systems and smartphone apps to reduce traffic congestion. His research focuses in the area of Smart Mobility System, Dynamic System Modeling, Active Demand Management, Autonomous Vehicles, and Electric Vehicles.

 

Jason Dake, Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs, Orange EV

Jason is responsible for all legal and governmental interactions for Orange EV. Jason has more than 22 years of in-house counsel experience including Senior Legal Counsel (Americas) for Cargotec Holding, Inc., Counsel and Secretary for Cargotec Holding Inc. (including all of its US subsidiaries), Deputy General Counsel for DeLaval Inc., and General Counsel for Avanex Inc.

 

 

 

James Telson, Director of Innovation and Sustainability, Compass Supply Chain Solutions LLC

James Telson is the Director of Innovation and Sustainability for Compass Supply Chain Solutions LLC. With a background in engineering and project management, James works closely with Lazer Spot Inc. and other industry partners to apply for incentives, manage projects, and deploy electric yard terminal tractors throughout the United States.

 

 

 

Emily Wolfe, Sr. Program Coordinator and Policy Analyst, Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC)

Emily Wolfe leads MEC’s policy and advocacy efforts and is the Project Coordinator for the terminal truck electrification project. Prior to joining MEC in 2019, Emily worked at a health information technology corporation for over six years spending three on their benefits and wellness team. She managed multiple programs and events for employees all over the world. However, she decided to change her career path and received a master’s degree in Social Work in 2019.

 

 

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Tacoma, Washington 98402 United States
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