Kansas City Power and Light plans to install 1,001 public electric car chargers in Missouri and Kansas. The utility, which currently offers about 40 charging units, wants to install the new charging stations by summer.
The network of chargers, dubbed the Clean Charge Network, would cost about $20 million to build. KCP&L plans to ask state regulators to let it increase rates to help cover those costs. The rate hike would bump a typical residential customers’ annual bill by $1 to $2.
This sort of charging network is important, in part, because it reduces the likelihood that an electric car will lose battery power before it reaches its destination.