Free To Use Charging Stations Thanks To KCP&L Clean Charge Network

Feb 06, 2017 07:35 PM EST | Joyce Vega

KCP&L Clean Charge Network has more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations that give freedom to electric vehicle owners to travel throughout the city with ease. Now, they are offering free charging for the first two years.

Daily Star Journal reported that all electric vehicle charging station promised to Warrensburg are now fully operational. Vehicles owners will not be charged for charging their vehicles. With electric vehicles not being that well known, Alexander Richards, UCM assistant professor for automotive technology management, hopes to educate the consumers on what it means to own an electric vehicle.

UCM Department of Public Safety installed the electric vehicle charging stations during the winter break. Eight CT 4000 ChargePoint charging stations, each able to serve two parking spaces at one time, are in student Lot 13; two in retail Lot 14, which is just south of Starbucks at The Crossing; and three in faculty/staff Lot 18, on the north side of Planet Sub. UCM will monitor how the stations are used to determine if there is a demand for more. The stations can be used 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

According to Director Chris Bamman, having the electric vehicle charging stations near The Crossing will help contribute to receive a LEED certification for that facility. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is given to all buildings that meet energy efficiency standards.

The electric vehicle charging stations are free to use for the first two years. After the grant expires, KCP&L plans to work with individual site hosts to prolong free charging. KCP&L Clean Charge Network has developed a free portal that will tell consumers how many miles they have left, and based on their destination, it will tell them when and where to charge up. The infrastructure provided by KCP&L Clean Charge Network has a capacity to support more than 10,000 electric vehicles. They hope to encourage more Kansas City drivers to purchase electric vehicles so they can reduce the carbon emissions.

There is a web-based app called Carbon Counter that shows the financial and environmental impact of both gas powered and electric vehicles. By changing variables such as mileage, fuel type, and average driving distance, visitors can evaluate where each vehicle falls on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions versus price. Gas powered cars account for one-fifth of all U.S emissions. They also cost three times as much per mile to fuel compared to electric vehicle.

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