Electrical car drivers will be capable of journey the complete 236-mile size of the Kansas Turnpike with out ever having to exit to recharge their automotive’s batteries, because of the addition of “fast-charging” stations on the Topeka, Lawrence and Towanda service areas.
The announcement got here throughout a information convention Wednesday morning on the turnpike’s Topeka Service Space, positioned simply east of the capital metropolis alongside Interstate 70.
Gov. Laura Kelly, who spoke on the information convention, referred to as the charging stations “a recreation changer” for electrical car drivers.
The Topeka Service Space — like those in Lawrence and Towanda — has three charging stations. In Topeka, the charging stations are positioned simply east of the gasoline pumps.
The addition of the charging stations got here because of a partnership between the Kansas Turnpike Authority, Westar Vitality and Kansas Metropolis Energy and Gentle.
Along with enabling electrical car drivers to keep away from having to go away the turnpike to recharge their automotive’s batteries, the charging stations on the three service areas will assist to get rid of “vary nervousness,” or the concern an electrical automotive battery will run out of energy earlier than a vacation spot is reached, turnpike officers stated.
“Electrical car charging stations are one thing we’ve been requested about by clients,” stated Kansas Turnpike Authority CEO Steve Hewitt in a information launch. “We’re excited to make this request a actuality for our electrical car clients.”
Every of the three areas will embody two DC fast-charging stations and one Degree 2 station, turnpike officers stated. Sometimes, a DC Quick charging station can totally cost most electrical automobiles in underneath 30 minutes.
These needing to recharge their car’s battery can pull as much as a charging station, hook up the charging cable, then go contained in the service space whereas their car is being charged, officers stated.
The turnpike’s charging stations are positioned mile marker 65 at Towanda, mile marker 188 at Topeka and mile marker 209 at Lawrence.
With an growing variety of electrical automobiles on the highway, Hewitt stated, the addition of the charging stations “permits us to be forward of the sport.”
Some electrical automobiles can journey as much as 200 to 250 miles on a single cost, although many common someplace between 110 and 130 miles per cost, stated Chuck Caisley, chief buyer officer for Westar Vitality.
The variety of electrical automobiles on the highway is anticipated to develop, Caisley stated.
Producers are projected to spend some $500 billion over the subsequent seven to eight years on electrical car growth, Caisley stated.
Electrical automobiles, he added, signify “the subsequent large step in transportation evolution.”
Caisley added that each one the power for the electrical charging stations comes from renewable sources, together with wind power generated in western Kansas.
The charging stations are manufactured by ChargePoint. Turnpike officers stated the stations additionally permit drivers to faucet into ChargePoint’s nationwide community of charging stations.
The electrical car charging stations are open and prepared for use by vacationers utilizing electrical automobiles on the three service areas.