MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. – St. Louis County is taking a major step in its efforts to go green and reduce its carbon footprint.

This is all about converting a significant number of the county’s fleet vehicles from gas to electric.

St. Louis County Executive Sam Page drove the county’s first fully electric fleet vehicle into a Maryland Heights maintenance garage Wednesday morning. That vehicle is a 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning.

Page said during the morning news conference that the county will save nearly $10,000 per vehicle in gas costs over five years when compared to a new gas-powered V8 engine for the F-150.

Page also explained that general vehicle production is trending to electric and St. Louis County wants to do its part in that movement. He also reveled that St. Louis County plans to convert 27% of its light-duty fleet to electric vehicles by 2027.

We’re told the new electric fleet vehicles will produce zero tailpipe emissions, and Page says the county’s electric vehicle plan targets light-duty vehicles.

1,051 of the county’s nearly 1,400 fleet vehicles are light-duty, and they are the most commonly used vehicles by county workers.

Page shared that research shows that electric vehicles are 40% less expensive to maintain than internal combustion vehicles.

“This is the right thing to do first,” Page expressed, “It’s the right thing to do from a policy perspective to move away from carbon emissions, but this is also a significant cost savings to the county – this will save our taxpayers’ money.”

In terms of funding for this program, we’re told that basically when a traditional gas-powered light-duty vehicle comes up for normal replacement, it will simply be replaced by purchasing electric vehicle instead of a gas vehicle.

It’s understood that county officials will reevaluate the program in 2027 to see if additional vehicles should be converted to electric.