Overland Park considers transitioning more of its city fleet to electric and hybrid vehicles

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Overland Park councilmembers and city staff are considering a gradual transition to electric and hybrid vehicles for the city's fleet, which drove 3.6 million miles in 2019, burning 12,793 barrels of petroleum and emitting 4,522 tons of greenhouse gas. The city added electric charging stations, above, in the parking lot of the Myron Scafe Building on Antioch Road last year and is set to transition at least 10 city vehicles to electric or hybrid models this year. Photo credit Kyle Palmer.

With climate change concerns and gas prices on the increase, Overland Park councilmembers and city staff are looking to a gradual transition to electric and hybrid vehicles in sedans and lighter trucks as a possible long-range solution.

A council committee Wednesday night heard an analysis from the Kansas City-based Metropolitan Energy Center on ways to make the city’s fleet of roughly 408 vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient.