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Getting Prospective Drivers Behind the Wheel with EV Test Drives

Getting Prospective Drivers Behind the Wheel with EV Test Drives

Many drivers tell the same story — the first time they sat behind the wheel of an EV made all the difference in the decision to transition to electric driving. The opportunity to test drive an EV can overcome the unfamiliarity that remains one of the most significant barriers to adoption. That’s why, one Saturday a month this summer, we’re offering test drives at KCP&L’s Connect Center — and we’d love your help in passing the word about this opportunity.

Many drivers tell the same story — the first time they sat behind the wheel of an EV made all the difference in the decision to transition to electric driving. The opportunity to test drive an EV can overcome the unfamiliarity that remains one of the most significant barriers to adoption. That’s why, one Saturday a month this summer, we’re offering test drives at KCP&L’s Connect Center. 

“The chance to actually drive an EV after researching it online can be a lightbulb moment for someone,” says Hobie Parker, electric vehicle marketing manager for KCP&L. “We want to make the experience convenient and informative for prospective drivers — and because Clean Charge Network members have always been such advocates in the community — we’re asking for your help in passing the word about this opportunity to friends, family and colleagues.” 

Test drives are available one Saturday a month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the KCP&L Connect Center at 1710 Paseo Boulevard in Kansas City. So far this summer, prospective drivers have test driven the 2018 Nissan LEAF, 2018 Chevrolet Bolt and the Tesla 3. Test drivers need only bring curiosity and questions about driving electric, along with a valid driver’s license and proof of insurance. For more information and to reserve a test drive session, drivers can visit cleanchargenetwork.com

KCP&L experts and driver volunteers are on hand to answer questions and share personal experiences about the benefits of electric driving. Because more than one EV model is available to test drive, consumers can compare them against each other, and have impartial, brand-agnostic discussions about the benefits of each.

“We’re having productive conversations with prospective drivers — and we’re hopeful every question answered is one step closer to the transition from ICE vehicles to EVs,” says Parker.

“Plus, it’s a lot of fun to witness the ‘EV smile’ phenomenon that happens after the first turn behind the wheel.” EV drivers are welcome as volunteers for the test drives.

Interested in participating? Shoot us an email.