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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Vehicle Technologies Office has funded hundreds of projects across the country that advance affordable, domestic transportation fuels and technologies.


Project Initiative/Award Awardee Status Date
Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoption in Mid-America 2017 Community-Based Advanced Transportation Projects Metropolitan Energy Center, Inc. In progress Oct 2017

States impacted:

  • Kansas
  • Missouri

Accelerating Alternative Fuel Adoption in Mid-America

The Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC) aims to support the adoption of alternative fuel vehicles and establish new compressed natural gas, propane, and electric alternative fueling infrastructure on major travel corridors in Kansas and Missouri. The new alternative fueling infrastructure will fill crucial gaps along major shipping corridors and help overcome a significant barrier to alternative fuel vehicle adoption.

As of 2019, MEC and its project partners have developed one propane station and one 12-stall electric charging station, conducted four workshops, converted 5 gasoline trucks to CNG, and replaced eighteen diesel trucks and four diesel shuttles with natural gas vehicles. The workshops serve to connect stakeholder with resources, build community support for projects, and identify potential partners for future alternative fuel vehicle adoption. The project will also generate best practices documents, case studies, and deployment guides to leverage community-based business and community relationships to accelerate adoption and awareness of alternative fuels.

Learn more about the 2017 Community-Based Advanced Transportation Projects.

$3,804,000 award from DOE

$3,827,000 matching funds (cost share)


  • City of Kansas City, MO.
  • Stirk Compressed Natural Gas
  • City of El Dorado
  • 24/7 Travel Stores
  • Kansas City International Airport
  • Grain Valley School District
  • Sparq Natural Gas
  • Garden City
  • Blue Springs School District