Electric Vehicles

We've partnered with local organizations to support energy-efficient transportation, which provides clean air and energy independence.

Electric vehicle

KCP&L is proud to support energy-efficient technologies.

  • KCP&L was one of the first companies to build a fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles. 
  • Since 2011, 20 charging stations have been installed in the metro area.
  • Electric vehicles provide numerous benefits to both drivers and the community.
Starting in 2011, KCP&L worked to bring additional charging stations to the Kansas City metro area. These stations provide the infrastructure that will help promote electric vehicle adoption in our region. KCP&L will use these charging stations to test charging technologies and behaviors while monitoring usage.

In addition to being one of the first companies to build a fleet of alternative-fuel vehicles, KCP&L continued its commitment to more environmentally friendly transportation by:   

  • Initiating our SmartGrid Demonstration Project, which will be a testing ground for vehicle charging stations. We’re also partnering with the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalition on a pilot project to introduce the additional charging stations across our service area. 
  • Joining Project Get Ready, a national initiative of the Rocky Mountain Institute that is preparing cities for plug-in hybrid vehicles.
  • Supporting the Edison Electric Institute Market Readiness Pledge to plug-in electric vehicle readiness.


KCP&L invited local companies to host electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) stations at their facilities. All applications were evaluated based on convenience, access, site-location involvement, growth opportunities and connectivity to electrical source. 

The site partners and charging station locations include:

  • Black & Veatch - 11401 Lamar Ave., Overland Park, Kan.
  • The City of Lee’s Summit - 220 SE Green St., Lee’s Summit, Mo.
  • Commerce Bank - 13441 State Line Rd., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Harley-Davidson Motor Company - 11401 N. Congress Ave., Kansas City, Mo.
  • Heartland Hospital - 5352 Faraon St., St. Joseph, Mo.
  • Johnson County Community College (2) - 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.
  • Park Place Leawood (2) - 11551 Ash St., Suite 200, Leawood, Kan.
  • Union Station - 30 West Pershing Rd., Suite 450, Kansas City, Mo.

Click here for a map of charging station locations.

KCP&L will install 10 additional EVSE stations in the KCP&L SmartGrid Demonstration area in Kansas City’s urban core.

About the charging stations

LilyPad EV provided and installed the charging stations, which will were operational in fall 2011. These EVSE stations:

  • Have the ability to charge two vehicles at once.
  • Have both Level I (120-volt) and Level II (240-volt) charging capabilities.
  • Are J1772 compliant, meaning they work with all standard electric vehicles including the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf.

Each of the eight site partners will absorb the cost of the electricity consumed at their charging station through December 2013, the term of the grant program.


Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PEVs) are quieter than gasoline-powered vehicles, emit fewer greenhouse gases and are almost three times more energy-efficient.

Financial benefits

PEVs cost less to drive and maintain. 

  • Lower operational costs – The estimated cost of electricity needed to power a PEV is equivalent to or less than one dollar per gallon of gasoline.
  • Lower maintenance costs – PEVs have fewer moving parts than gas-powered vehicles.
  • Federal tax credits – Up to $7,500.

Environmental benefits

PEVs produce less air, water, ground and noise pollution. 

  • Zero operating emissions – The emissions associated with PEVs come from power plants generating electricity to charge the batteries, not from tailpipe emissions.
  • Overall reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – CO2 is the principal gas associated with global warming.
  • Reduced pollution to oceans, rivers and ground water – Decreased use of petroleum gasoline and motor oil means fewer spills.
  • Relief from urban noise pollution – Electric motors are quiet as well as clean
  • Cleaner air – They help reduce fossil fuel emissions, such as CO2 and other greenhouse gases.
  • Energy security – They also reduce demand for foreign oil by shifting to domestic fuel sources, including renewables such as solar and wind.

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