Our Success Story this week pays a visit to the Lee’s Summit, Missouri R-7 School District, where 4 Smith Electric trucks are used to deliver dried goods and supplies to more than 2 dozen schools and offices. The 26-foot box trucks have a 100-mile range which is ideal for delivery routes. The truck’s batteries are fully recharged in 6 to 8 hours overnight. The trucks are so quiet that rear-view cameras were added so drivers can watch out for kids and pedestrians. Early estimates are for $8-12,000 savings in diesel fuel per school year. The District has also placed signage on the trucks to boost alternative fuel awareness.   

RON COX:  It’s cleaner, it’s greener, it’s safer, and it’s the way we need to go and so we’re proud of that and we want to advertise that for public information.  

JOHN DAVIS: Partial funding for both the electric trucks and charging stations came from a Federal grant in cooperation with the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition. The Lee’s Summit R-7 School District is doing their part to show support for the environment in the Show Me state.

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