PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Electric vehicles continue to gain traction around Kansas City.
Monday, the Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative installed the first public electric vehicle charging station in Platte City, Missouri. This is the co-op’s second public charging station, with the other at its headquarters in Kearney, Missouri.
The newest charger is behind the Platte County Community Center. Drivers can charge their electric vehicles for free at the station for the next six months. Beginning next year, they will have to use the ChargePoint program to pay for a charge.
Platte-Clay Electric Co-op’s commitment to electric vehicles goes beyond a charger. Last month, the agency started offering customers up to $250 in rebates if they install a level two electric vehicle charger at their home.
Already, a dozen or so people have taken advantage of the rebate in its first month.
“We're already seeing builders in our service territory building new homes with EV circuits in the garages,” said PCEC CEO Dave Deihl. “It's a good way for us to be able to help our members in offering charging in EV.”
Deihl expects electric vehicles to increase in popularity, especially among people who live in the Northland and commute to downtown Kansas City, Missouri, for work.
For more information on the rebate program and to see a list of public charging stations, click here.