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As you were watching the Kansas City Chiefs become Super Bowl Champions via their epic comeback, you might have noticed something else that was being championed during the commercial breaks: electric vehicles.
The City of Prairie Village has long been known for its charming village-like ambiance and abundance of green space, including almost 35,000 trees and over 64 acres of parks. So, when Evergy offered to install electric vehicle charging stations in the area, it was a great fit for the community.
No, the Federal Electric Vehicle Tax Credit is not dead, but you could be forgiven for thinking so. The reality is that the credits are still available for most electric vehicles. Let’s round up the facts and take a look at the current state of electric vehicle tax credits:
Five years after the launch of the Clean Charge Network, we live in one of the best places to drive an EV — you might spot a plethora of pluggable vehicles when out for a drive, a charger is likely on your route, and your neighbor can name at least a couple of electric vehicle models. How did we get here?
We need your help! Ask your state senator to vote NO on SB825 to keep Missouri EV friendly! If Missouri Senate Bill 825 passes, it will severely limit that way the Clean Charge Network funds and builds new EV charging stations in our state.
The global auto industry is in the midst of a significant decline, with sales expected to slide by about 3.1 million by the end of 2019. One bright spot? Electric vehicles, with steady overall sales and a bright future (as in $225 billion in committed investments from automakers). We’re taking a tour around the three largest EV markets to see if 2019 really was the year of the EV.
Located in North Kansas City, Macken Park is one of the region’s most popular parks. Visitors enjoy a wide range of recreational activities such as ball fields, tennis and racquetball courts, a walking trail, playgrounds and more. The park also hosts three electric vehicle charging stations that can power six up to electric vehicles at a time.
A decade ago, spotting an electric vehicle in our region was a rare occasion, the only Tesla available was the $109,000 Roadster and the Nissan LEAF had just become available in the United States. Much has changed since then. As we head into 2020, we take a look at 10 quotes to examine how the perspective on electric vehicles has evolved over the past 10 years.
If you were predicting an EV revolution back in 2015, Kansas City is probably one of the last places you would expect to look. But Chuck Caisley, Evergy’s Chief Customer Officer, believed making EV charging stations nearly as common as gas stations could be a key to adoption.
Evergy’s Time of Use Plan is an optional rate plan that rewards customers with rate discounts when you shift energy usage away from weekday peak hours.
With new sales records set every year, the race to electric vehicles is continuing to heat up. We surveyed the headlines to see what’s next for the EV industry in 2020 and beyond.
Located near the 18th and Vine district (also near Evergy’s Connect Center), the Posty Cards facility showcases sustainability features such as 388 solar panels that produce 20 percent of the company’s energy needs and a two-acre, native plant landscaping and rain garden.
The Clean Charge Network has served the Kansas City region for four years and counting. Now, with the merger of KCP&L and Westar, the network is expanding its reach to include much of Eastern and Eastern-Central Kansas. The transition also includes a brand refresh to reflect the merged company’s new name: Evergy.
You asked, we listened — time of use (TOU) rates are coming to Evergy in mid-October. These rates allow customers to save money by adjusting when they use electricity. EV drivers, who generally plug in overnight, are primed to benefit with a lower per kilowatt charge during off-peak hours.
There’s nothing like getting behind the wheel to experience the benefits of driving electric. That’s why we tossed our Chevy Bolt keys to media personality Charlie Keegan from KSHB for an extended test drive so he could see (and show) what an EV has to offer.
As the electric vehicle evolution continues, we’re inching ever closer to the expiration of federal tax credits for the purchase of an EV. A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers recently introduced legislation to expand the tax credit by 400,000 vehicles per manufacturer.
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 Clean Charge Network is growing! Join us as we celebrate the addition of new EV charging stations at the Towanda, Topeka and Lawrence service areas along the Kansas Turnpike.
Feed Your Curiosity Tour Think science centers and museums are just for kids? Think again! Start your day at Science City at Union Station in downtown Kansas City, which just earned kudos as the top family-friendly attraction in the city from Visit KC. In addition to the award-winning science center, Union Station is home to a…
First introduced in Japan and the United States in 2010, the LEAF was an early highway-capable electric trailblazer, earning the 2011 European Car of the Year, the 2011 World Car of the Year and the 2011–2012 Car of the Year Japan. It’s now available in 50 markets across the globe, with the U.S. as its…
Hosting a total of 19 electric vVehicle charging stations, senior landscape architect Rodney Riffle shared some insight on why Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation is a partner in encouraging EV use.
On June 2, bring your EV to the event and help show the crowds what makes EVs so special. It’s a great way to spread the word about driving electric — and an opportunity to spend time with fellow EV drivers. All EV models are welcome. Contact us to reserve your spot for this free…
While the internal combustion engine Ford-150 has dominated the pickup truck landscape in recent history, times are changing. Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas — known for his early call of Tesla’s influence on the auto industry — says the profitable pickup truck market is the next step in the electric vehicle revolution. A host of all-electric pickup trucks are hitting the market in the near future.
Boeing’s electric flying taxi achieves a brief test drive, while NPR ruminates on the impact of EVs on a gas-powered future. Plus, Tesla becomes the first automaker to sell more than 100,000 models in a year. Electric cars are making news across the globe; catch up with these five headlines:
The EV industry in the United States hit a major milestone in October 2018: one million plug-in electric vehicles sold. Sales continue to climb — four of the five best-selling months of all time for EVs occurred in 2018. Now, more than 40 plug-in and hybrid models are available in the U.S., with more coming available every year. Here are a few of the new EVs coming online or going into production in 2019.
As the calendar flips from one year to the next, some people turn to making resolutions to better themselves. But what if you could also make a New Year’s resolution to better the world by encouraging EV adoption? Here are eight actions you can take in 2019 to advance the electric vehicle revolution.
Hy-Vee, an employee-owned grocery store chain, offers Clean Charge Network stations at the majority of its stores in the service area. All charging is free at its Level 2 stations. Hear from John Brehm, Hy-Vee’s national Director of Site Planning, who has been engaged in electric infrastructure for a decade.
Electric vehicles and solar energy are a compelling combination, offering drivers the opportunity to achieve fully emissions-free transportation. And while a study shows as many as 40 percent of EV drivers in the United States and Europe have home solar power, installing solar panels isn’t possible for everyone. Now, there’s another option — a new solar subscription program.
The future of electric vehicle design is still very much undecided, while a new partnership might switch out charging stations for gas pumps. Plus, Google Maps’ newest features allows users to search for EV charging stations. Learn more about EV news across the globe.
Come raise a glass with the Clean Charge Network and get to know your fellow EV drivers. Bring a guest and join us at Boulevard Brewing Company for complimentary food and brews. All attendees will receive a personalized glass to take home. RSVP today to reserve your spot.
It’s almost National Drive Electric Week — are you ready? It’s a great time to show off your EV at driver events or talk up the idea of driving electric to those you encounter every day.
The idea of EV charging lampposts emerges in New York City, while Porsche gives a production name to its all-electric concept car. Plus, check out the Flintstones-inspired EV ad you might soon see on your TV screens. Learn more about EV news across the globe.
Charging station hosts are an integral part of the Clean Charge Network success story. Some of these hosts have taken the next step — offering free charging at their stations by working with KCP&L to cover the cost of electricity. “It’s just the right thing to do,” says Bill Maasen from the Johnson County Park and Recreation District, which offers free charging at seven (soon to be eight) locations.
Aug 28: Join the Clean Charge Network as we give back to those in need by volunteering at Harvesters Community Food Network. You and a guest can enjoy dinner and camaraderie with fellow EV drivers while supporting the community.
Jul 29: This benefit for the National World War I Memorial and the Kansas City Automotive Museum is a wonderful showcase for cars of all types. Bring out your electric or plug-in hybrid and we’ll cover the cost of your registration.
Uber is promising extra cash to drivers who go electric in a new pilot program, while a new study predicts the total number of EVs worldwide will top 125 million by 2030. Plus, will the next generation of EVs cut the cord? Learn more about EV news across the globe.
Looking for a car that gets better and cleaner the longer you own it? It sounds impossible, but thanks to software updates and increasingly greener electricity grids, it’s a reality with electric cars. It’s in stark contrast with owning a gas-powered vehicle, which over time can mean mounting maintenance costs, dated technology and decreased fuel efficiency.
May EV headlines: UPS delivers on an EV strategy; Storied design firm will create a luxury electric “hyper car”; VW logo will change for the EV era; Lyft chief strategist wants to save the world with autonomous EVs; Uber’s main competitor in India promises to rollout 10,000 electric taxis.
Many 20th century movies have predicted big things for 21st-century technology, some of which have proven to come to fruition. Researchers are currently figuring out how electric vehicles will play into our futures. As for flying cars? We're still waiting.
It's Party for the Planet weekend April 21-22 at the Kansas City Zoo, so what better time to celebrate EV Day at the Zoo! We'd love to invite you and your immediate family to join us for brunch.
KCP&L Clean Charge Network Member Event with the Elders February 9 Networking: 7 to 7:30 p.m. Performance: 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. KCPT TV Studio 125 E. 31st Street, Kansas City, Mo Join us for drinks, appetizers and very special electric performance by Kansas City’s own, The Elders. We’ll take over Studio A at KCPT-PBS and…
Thank you for being a vital part of the KCP&L Clean Charge Network success story. Since the network debuted, KCP&L has worked to ensure charging on all Clean Charge Network stations was free to users — a benefit that helped kick-start EV growth in the region. After three years of free charging, the Clean Charge…
We’re always up for a nice chat over a good cup of coffee. Want to join us? On two afternoons and one evening in November, we’ll have a table and an open tab for coffee at a Roasterie Café around the metro. We’d love to answer questions about the upcoming changes to the KCP&L Clean…
The KCP&L Clean Charge Network is proud to support National Drive Electric Week, celebrated nationwide from Sept. 9-17. Several events are planned to provide an opportunity to explore and test drive electric vehicles (EVs). Jewish Culture Fest Electric Avenue: Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center of Greater KC,…
The 2018 Nissan Leaf electric car has been significantly updated with a more powerful electric motor, and longer-lasting battery pack that promises 150 miles of driving range, new driver-assist features, and a new exterior design. Despite its mechanical and cosmetic improvements, the Leaf faces formidable competition that didn’t exist when it was introduced seven years…
You can easily argue that the Chevy Bolt is the most important car General Motors has ever rolled out. The Bolt is a $37,495 all-electric vehicle with a range of nearly 240 miles on a single battery charge. GM took it from intro to the assembly line in less than two years, in the process…
Whether you live in Boca Raton, Burlington, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, or Santa Monica, you’re likely hearing a lot more about electric cars these days. That’s mainly because their costs are dropping rapidly, and automakers keep offering new electric options. If you or your neighbor doesn’t already have one, stay tuned: More intriguing electric cars…
Three new on-street charging stations for electric vehicles are coming online in downtown, an expansion of a program sponsored by Kansas City Power & Light. The first station is operational at the East 9 at Pickwick Plaza apartment development at 933 McGee St. and the other two in the Crossroads District at Broadway and Southwest…
August 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Kansas City Zoo It’s EV Day at the Kansas City Zoo! We’re inviting members of the Clean Charge Network and their immediate families to join us for brunch from 9-11 AM in the Lower Lobby, then spend some time strolling around the Zoo. Admission…
NBC News reports that while the electric combustion article had a good run, electric vehicles are starting to take center stage. “But a sea change is afoot that is forecast to kick gas-powered vehicles to the curb, replacing them with cars that run on batteries. A flurry of news this week underscores just how rapidly…
The Kansas City Star reported that Mayor James has joined mayors across the nation to reclaim leadership on climate change. “These type of efforts are already paying dividends. Kansas City is ranked No. 16 on the EPA’s list of top cities of Energy Star-certified buildings. Certified buildings have to outperform 75 percent of similar buildings…
Volvo Cars said on Wednesday that all the vehicle models it introduces from 2019 will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries, betting that the era of the internal combustion engine is coming to a close. The decision is the boldest commitment by any mainstream automaker to technologies that represent a small share of…
Electric car maker Tesla says its keenly awaited Model 3 car for the masses will go on sale on Friday. CEO Elon Musk made the announcement Monday on Twitter. The car is to start around $35,000 and with a $7,500 federal electric car tax credit, could cost $27,500. Tesla says the five-seat car will be…
The Houston Chronicle recently reported on the benefits electric cars can provide to cities as they combat climate change. “We studied vehicle options available to Houston, which operates a fleet of about 12,000 vehicles, in 2015. Those options included two gasoline-powered Toyota sedans (the Corolla and the Prius), the natural gas-powered Honda Civic, the plug-in…
The Portland Business Journal covered the recent EV Roadmap conference, where KCP&L’s Chuck Caisley spoke on the topic of electrified transportation. “Transportation is the last non-electrified part of the economy, and the great news is that without any new technology, 80 percent to 90 percent of the charging can be done when we have capacity…
Kansas City, Mo. (June 7, 2017) – Kansas City metro experienced the most growth of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the United States, for the second quarter in a row, and widened the gap between other cities like Las Vegas, LA and Denver. With a 78 percent growth from 2016 to 2017, the KC region has…
The Kansas City Business Journal recently reported on Kansas City leading the nation in electric vehicle growth for the second quarter in a row. “‘The Clean Charge Network provided the necessary charging infrastructure for drivers, but also made Kansas City the gold standard for electric transportation,’ Chuck Caisley, KCP&L’s vice president of marketing and public…
June 18 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kansas City’s River Market June 18 is EV Day at the River Market, as part of an ongoing summer spotlight on various automobile makes and models. Check out a few electric vehicles — or bring your own! Contact us if you’d like to participate.
Greenability Weekly featured the top-ranked, eco-friendly vehicles under $40,000 based on Kelley Blue Book. Check out their pick for the top 10 hybrid and all-electric cars.
Kansas City metro experienced the most growth of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the United States, for the second quarter in a row, and widened the gap between other cities like Las Vegas, LA and Denver.
The Kansas City Star recently reported on how the KCP&L Clean Charge Network has impacted the idea of driving electric in the Kansas City metro. “There’s nearly a public charging port for every car in the metro area that could use one, an abundance rarely found elsewhere in the country. Planners figure there’ll be enough…
April 29 from 9 AM to 1 PM at the City Market This FREE, family-friendly annual event promotes ecological sustainability and green lifestyle choices. Participate in the Scraps KC USED SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE to provide re-purposed school supplies to ensure students in economically challenged schools have what they need for classroom learning. Bring used-not-new school…
May 4 from 6 to 8:30 PM at the Crown Center MTH Theatre Join us for some drinks, appetizers and camaraderie — then listen to a panel of national experts discuss the future of electric vehicles, from technology and sustainability to the inevitability of the EV revolution. You won’t want to miss this intriguing look…
Kansas City experienced the most growth of electric vehicle (EV) adoption in the United States, helping transform the region into a hot spot for electric vehicles and meeting a key goal of KCP&L’s Clean Charge Network.
Prairie Village Earth Fair, April 15 at Shawnee Mission East High School Electric vehicles will be a big focus at the show, with both the KCP&L Clean Charge Network and EV drivers coming out in full force.
Kansas City Home Show, March 17-19 at Bartle Hall Learn more about driving electric — and KCP&L’s energy-saving programs — at the annual Greater Kansas City Home Show.
//// Tips for Driving Electric in Cold Weather It’s winter in Kansas City — and while we haven’t seen the consistently frigid temperatures the Farmer’s Almanac predicted, when cold snaps come they’re no joke. All cars become less fuel efficient in colder weather, whether they’re powered by gas or electricity, but drivers of electric vehicles…
//// Free Charging Extended on the KCP&L Clean Charge Network Charging has been free on the KCP&L Clean Charge Network since its debut in January 2015, but free charging is set to expire at the end of 2016. While an EV is already up to three times cheaper than a gas-powered car to drive, free…
//// Interest in Electric Cars Increases in Kansas City — and Nationwide Pick up a newspaper or look around online, and you’re more likely than ever to read a feature about electric vehicles. People are talking — and buying. A recent Wall Street Journal article predicts “mass adoption of electric vehicles is coming, and much…
//// Fast Charging Stations Crop Up along I-70 Range anxiety is a thing of the past in the Kansas City metro area, thanks to the 1,000+ electric vehicle charging stations popping up as part of the KCP&L Clean Charge Network. But for EV drivers thinking about a road trip out of the region, planning where…