1,000+ Chargers: Largest for a U.S. Utility and Largest Yet for ChargePoint
Kansas City Power & Light has kicked off a program to install and operate more than 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations – “the largest electric vehicle charging station installation by an electric utility in the United States,” and the largest single order too for networked charger supplier ChargePoint.
“This network of stations will be capable of supporting more than 10,000 electric vehicles,” the utility said Monday. “Through partnerships with companies at host locations and with Nissan Motor Company, the Clean Charge Network will offer free charging on every station to all drivers for the first two years.”
“The Kansas City region is quickly building a reputation as an innovative, sustainable place to live and work,” Terry Bassham, president and CEO of KCP&L and of the utility’s parent, Great Plains Energy, said in a release.
‘Charge Up and Hit the Road’
“Thanks to our Clean Charge Network, everyone in our service territory will be able to charge up and hit the road…
“We will place the stations where they’re needed most and support them as part of our electric grid, leveraging our expertise with electrical infrastructure,” Bassham said. “Our Clean Charge Network eliminates ‘range anxiety’ in the region, which is the number one roadblock to greater electric vehicle adoption.”
Installation of the charging stations began in late 2014 and will be completed this summer, KCP&L says. The first stations include 15 fast charging stations provided by Efacec and paid for by Nissan and KCP&L, able to charge any model of electric vehicle on the market.
In addition, the Clean Charge Network will have more than 1,000 standard charging stations, which will give most electric vehicles a 25-mile charge for every hour of charging.
‘Will Remove the Perceived Barriers’
“The number of stations allows electric vehicle owners to change their habits, charging as they go about their day, and giving them the freedom to drive that much further,” Bassham said. “It makes it easier for current electric vehicle owners and hopefully will remove the perceived barriers for potential electric vehicle owners.”
The Clean Charge Network will keep electricity costs low for all KCP&L customers: “The cost of operating and maintaining the electrical grid will be spread over increased electricity usage, benefitting everyone.
“Those who drive electric vehicles will see the bill for fueling their cars go down because electricity is less expensive than gasoline, even at gasoline’s low current price,” states the release. “Increased efficient use of electricity will offset cost increases for operating the grid, which would otherwise become part of customer bills.”
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Source: KCP&L and ChargePoint with Fleets & Fuels follow-up