In 2020, three fleets deployed all-electric terminal trucks in the Kansas City and Chicago metropolitan areas under Metropolitan Energy Center’s (MEC) grant project, Electrifying Terminal Trucks in Unincentivized Markets.

Project Subrecipients:

  • Lazer Spot is the leading provider of yard management in North America, working at 400+ sites in the USA and Canada for manufacturers and retailers. Through the project, they deployed two trucks at a manufacturing facility and distribution center in the Chicago metro area.
  • Hirschbach Motor Lines, a private long-haul carrier specializing in refrigerated and other specialty cargoes, deployed their truck at a client site in Wyandotte County, KS.
  • Johnson County deployed their truck at the Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility in Leawood, KS. The facility is currently under construction in a multi-year expansion project.

Best practices and lessons learned from deployments in the Kansas City region and beyond

On October 19th 2021, MEC will host a virtual roundtable with the project fleets as they share their real-world experiences with zero-emission freight handling. This event is free, click here to register.

Orange EV, the electric truck manufacturer; Evergy, Kansas City’s electric utility; and MEC’s research partner from Penn State University will also join the panel to share best practices to prepare for fleet electrification.


  • Chris Butler – Director of Fleet Services, Johnson County Kansas
  • Darin Darr – Lineage Logistics Site Manager, Hirschbach Motor Lines
  • David Stringer – VP of Innovation, Lazer Spot Inc.
  • Jason Dake – Vice President Legal & Regulatory Affairs, Orange EV
  • Julie Dietrich – Electrification Program Manager, Evergy
  • Drew Torkelson – Lead Product Manager, Evergy
  • XB Hu – Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Join us virtually on Tuesday, October 19 at 12pm CT