Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L), a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy Incorporated, announced its plans to install and operate more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations over the next several months throughout the Greater Kansas City region, making it the largest electric vehicle charging station installation by an electric utility in the US. Installation of the charging stations began in late 2014 and will be completed by mid-2015.
Through partnerships with companies at host locations and with Nissan Motor Company, the Clean Charge Network, which will be capable of supporting more than 10,000 electric vehicles, will offer free charging on every station to all drivers for the first two years. The stations are manufactured by ChargePoint and will be part of the ChargePoint network of more than 20,000 charging spots in North America.
“The Kansas City region is quickly building a reputation as an innovative, sustainable place to live and work,” said Terry Bassham, President and CEO of Great Plains Energy and KCP&L. “We’re excited to support this growth by providing our customers and visitors to this region with an environmentally-friendly alternative to gasoline-powered vehicles. Thanks to our Clean Charge Network, everyone in our service territory will be able to charge up and hit the road.”
“The most exciting part is that everyone benefits: not only do the owners of electric vehicles in Kansas City benefit, but with this project, KCP&L is also investing in the economic development and environmental sustainability of this region, which is a win for everyone,” said Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Kansas City is the largest auto manufacturing center in the United States, outside of Detroit, what makes the region well suited for leadership in the transportation of the future.
Source: Great Plains Energy