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Get to know electric cars — and see how well one fits into your life.

Driving electric is the future of transportation. Think an electric car is too out there? People once said the same about iPhones. The electric car community is growing — and fast. Why not be ahead of the charge?

Fuel Efficient

The most fuel-efficient cars on the market are the ones that don’t use fuel. That makes a big difference for your wallet. Even with low gas prices, electric cars are up to three times cheaper than a gas-powered car to drive. Want more details? Check out the eGallon tool.

Electric Cars are Fuel Efficient
Electric Cars are Affordable

affordable

New electric cars start at $16,000 after electric car federal tax credits; pre-owned electric cars start at $8,000. Factor in other incentives and dealer subsidies and an electric car becomes even more affordable to own or lease.

Low Maintenance

Electric car maintenance is shockingly minimal. With an electric vehicle, say goodbye to oil changes and look forward to longer lasting brakes. Low operating costs usually offset the costs of buying electric in one year, and the savings don't stop there.

Electric Cars are Low Maintenance
Electric Cars are Good for the Planet

Good for the Planet

Transportation accounts for 26% of US greenhouse gas emissions. When you drive an electric vehicle, you make a real difference. And electric cars get even greener as the electricity grid grows every cleaner.

Fun to Drive

Electric vehicles are powerful, responsive and quiet as a ninja. The acceleration is especially smooth, with none of the bumps and jolts you associate with a transmission-based car.

Electric Cars are Fun to Drive
Electric Cars Fit Your Lifestyle

Fit your lifestyle

Most people drive less than 50 miles a day, a range that’s easily covered by the 60- to 250-mile range of today’s electric car models. And there’s an electric vehicle for every lifestyle — small cars, big cars, luxury cars, economy cars, new cars and used cars. Which one is right for you? Take the quiz and see.

Busted Myth

Electric cars are just for rich people.

There’s a world of electric cars beyond the Tesla. You can find a pre-owned electric car for just $8,000 and new models start at $16,000 after federal tax credits. With incentives, the cost of an electric vehicle is increasingly comparable to a similar internal combustion engine (ICE) car. Add to that the lower cost of ownership. Some estimate electric car drivers can save more than $10,000 on car ownership costs over five years compared with ICE vehicles.

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    So, what is an electric car?

    An electric car is exactly what you think — a car powered by an electric motor rather than a gas-powered internal combustion engine. It doesn’t have a transmission, gas tank, tailpipe, complicated gear system. If you’re thinking that makes car maintenance simpler, you’d be right.

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    I’m intrigued. How far can an electric car go?

    An electric vehicle (or EV, for short) can drive for 50 to 250 miles before needing a recharge. Using the heater or air conditioner can shorten the range somewhat. Most people won’t need to recharge during the day. But if you do want to charge up while you’re out and about, you won’t find a better place than the Kansas City metro to do so. The KCP&L Clean Charge Network offers 1,000+ public charging stations, so it’s easy to find one where you live, work and play.

Busted Myth

An electric car can’t meet my driving needs

A recent study showed electric vehicles could replace 87 percent of cars on the road, even with no place to recharge during the day. In the Kansas City region — where 1,000+ public charging stations dot the roadways — that figure is 100 percent. “Range anxiety” is ancient history.

Charging

Clean Charge Network Charging Station
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    Okay, so where do I plug in?

    Most electric car drivers take advantage of at-home charging. It takes just seconds to plug in — all you need is a sufficiently sized outlet and an EVSE. (That stands for electric vehicle service equipment — the “insider’s” term for charging equipment.) You don’t even need a garage! The average EVSE costs from $500 to $750; charging equipment providers can help you choose the best option.

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    And where can I charge around town?

    If you’re in the Kansas City area, count yourself lucky. The region has more public electric car charging stations per driver than anywhere else in the country. Find the chargers closest to you on this interactive Chargepoint map. Other apps such as PlugShare make finding public chargers easy.

  • AC Level 1 Charging

    is through a 120-volt outlet, the standard household size. This level requires about eight hours to provide 40 miles of range.

  • AC Level 2 Charging

    takes 240-volt service and is the most commonly used home charging system. It can deliver a charge of 10 to 60 miles of range per hour.

  • DC Fast Charging equipment

    typically used for public stations — is very fast, providing a charge of up to 100 miles in 20 minutes.

Busted Myth

Electric cars take a long time to recharge

Most people can fill their daily driving needs on an overnight charge. If they do need to charge in public, DC fast chargers provide up to 70 miles of range in just 20 minutes. Level 2 chargers deliver a charge of 10 to 60 miles of range per hour. But most drivers treat charging their car like they do their mobile phone — a bit at a time when it works into their schedule.

SAVINGS

Ridin' Electric
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    How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

    Electric car efficiency is measured in kilowatt-hours (kWh) per 100 miles instead of miles per gallon. Costs vary depending on the price of electricity and gas — and the car’s efficiency — but it can run about $5 to drive your electric car for 100 miles. Out and about and need a charge? Most public charging stations in the Kansas City metro are free!

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    I’m intrigued. How far can an electric car go? Incentives, perks, other cool stuff. Give me the dish.

    A federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is available for the purchase or lease of an electric car. These funds are applied toward the amount of federal income tax you owe, so the credit can vary from $2,500 to $7,500. Dealerships and automakers also offer occasional incentives — and the KCP&L Clean Charge Network has been known to arrange special group buys with amazing pricing.  As for perks? How about rock-star priority parking spots at Kauffman and Arrowhead, among other high-traffic places?

Busted Myth

An affordable electric car is a boring electric car

Suggest this to an electric vehicle driver and you may have to pause to hear them laugh. The drivability of electric cars is one reason owner satisfaction index is so high. Acceleration is incredible. Instant torque is awesome. The ride is smooth, safe and quiet. So many people have the same reaction after their first electric car test drive, they’ve had to name the phenomenon: The EV Smile.

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