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The Great Car Show

Jul 29: The Great Car Show

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.
Electric Vehicles in the News in July 2018

Uber Promises a Premium to Drivers Who Go Electric, and Other Headlines

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.
EVs get Better, Greener Over Time

EVs get Better, Greener Over Time

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.
Art of the Machine Car Series — Electric Vehicles

Art of the Machine Car Series — Electric Vehicles

Kick off National Drive Electric Week with another Art of the Machine Car Series, featuring Electric Vehicles.
UPS delivers on an electric vehicle strategy.

UPS delivers on an electric vehicle strategy

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.
Sci-Fi Predictions About Electric Vehicles

Sci-Fi predictions about EVs; did they get it right?

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.
Brunch with the Animals: EV Day at the Kansas City Zoo

April 22: EV Day at the Zoo

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.
Electric Fleets Offer Significant Opportunity

Charged Up EV Newsletter: March 2018

In this Issue: /// Electric Fleets Offer Significant Opportunity /// Electric Vehicles in the News /// Meet an EV Driver: Cindy Circo /// Resources and EVents
Clean Charge Network Events

Feb 9: Clean Charge Network Member Event with the Elders

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…
Clean Charge Network Celebrates Year Three

Charged Up EV Newsletter: January 2018

In this issue: /// Clean Charge Network Celebrates Year Three /// Meet an EV Driver: Karl Bloss /// Preparing Your EV for 2018

Clean Charge Network Changes on 1/1/18

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…
Coffee with Clean Charge

Nov 12, 15, 18: Coffee with 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 Future of EVs

Charged Up EV Newsletter: October 2017

In this issue: /// The Electric Vehicle Tipping Point is Rapidly Approaching /// Meet an EV Driver: Zachery Andresen /// Resources and EVents
Drive Electric Week 2017

KCP&L Charges-Up National Drive Electric Week with Parade, Events

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,…
2018 Nissan Leaf

2018 Nissan Leaf EV Delivers More Power, Extra Range

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…
2017 Chevy Bolt

The Bolt propels Chevy into an All-Electric Future

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…
EV Chart

At the forefront of the electrifying America’s car fleet: Cities

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…

City Teaming with KCP&L to Provide Free On-Street Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Downtown

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…
Drivers of the Future Learn on Vehicles of the Future

Charged Up EV Newsletter: August 2017

In this issue: /// Drivers of the Future Learn on Vehicles of the Future /// Meet an EV Driver: Amy and Ayax Ron-Carr /// Upcoming EVents and Activities
Brunch with the Animals: EV Day at the Kansas City Zoo

August 6: Brunch with the Animals | EV Day at the Zoo

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: The Electric Car Revolution May Come Sooner Than We Thought

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…

KC Star: Kansas City has what it takes to use energy wisely

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…
Photo of Volvo

Volvo, Betting on Electric, Moves to Phase Out Conventional Engines

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…
Tesla Model 3

Tesla Says Its Model 3 Car Will Go On Sale July 7

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…

Electric Vehicles Can Help Cities Fight Climate Change

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…

Utility Execs Ponder the Electric Car Future at EV Roadmap Conference

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…

KC ZOOMS AHEAD IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE GROWTH

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…

KC Business Journal Reports on Metro Leading the Nation in EV Adoption

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: Drive Electric KC at the River Market Art of the Machine Car Series

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.
Charged Up EV Newsletter- June 2017

Charged Up EV Newsletter- June 2017

In this issue: /// New Website Offers EV Buying Guide Tailored for KC /// Meet an EV Driver: Amin Wahi /// Upcoming EVents and Activities
Greenability Weekley lists the top eco-friendly cars

GREENABILITY: WHAT ARE THE TOP-RANKED, ECO-FRIENDLY VEHICLES?

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.
Electric car growth KC

KANSAS CITY ZOOMS AHEAD IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE GROWTH

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.
KC STAR REPORTS ON EV GROWTH IN KANSAS CITY

KC Star Reports on EV growth in Kansas City

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: Get Your Green On at the City Market

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…
The Clean Charge Network Futures Panel

MAY 4: KCP&L Clean Charge Network Happy Hour and Futures Panel

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…
CITY LEADS COUNTRY IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE GROWTH

Charged Up EV Newsletter- April 2017

In this issue: /// Clean Charge Network Celebrates Big Milestone /// Meet an EV Driver: Colleen Gerke /// Upcoming EVents and Activities

Press Release- Kansas City Leads Country in Electric Vehicle Growth

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.

APRIL 15: Prairie Village Earth Fair

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.

MARCH 17-19: Kansas City Home Show

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.

Charged Up Newsletter- February 2017

//// 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…

Charged Up EV Newsletter- December 2016

//// 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…

Charged Up EV Newsletter- September 2016

//// 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…

Charged Up EV Newsletter- July 2016

//// 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…