Electrical automobile drivers will be capable of journey your entire 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, situated simply east of the capital metropolis alongside Interstate 70.
Gov. Laura Kelly, who spoke on the information convention, known as the charging stations “a sport changer” for electrical automobile drivers.
The Topeka Service Space — like those in Lawrence and Towanda — has three charging stations. In Topeka, the charging stations are situated simply east of the gasoline pumps.
The addition of the charging stations got here on account of a partnership between the Kansas Turnpike Authority, Westar Power and Kansas Metropolis Energy and Gentle.
Along with enabling electrical automobile 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 remove “vary anxiousness,” or the worry an electrical automotive battery will run out of energy earlier than a vacation spot is reached, turnpike officers mentioned.
“Electrical automobile charging stations are one thing we’ve been requested about by clients,” mentioned Kansas Turnpike Authority CEO Steve Hewitt in a information launch. “We’re excited to make this request a actuality for our electrical automobile clients.”
Every of the three areas will embody two DC fast-charging stations and one Degree 2 station, turnpike officers mentioned. Usually, a DC Quick charging station can totally cost most electrical automobiles in below 30 minutes.
These needing to recharge their automobile’s battery can pull as much as a charging station, hook up the charging cable, then go contained in the service space whereas their automobile is being charged, officers mentioned.
The turnpike’s charging stations are situated 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 mentioned, 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, mentioned Chuck Caisley, chief buyer officer for Westar Power.
The variety of electrical automobiles on the highway is predicted to develop, Caisley mentioned.
Producers are projected to spend some $500 billion over the following seven to eight years on electrical automobile improvement, Caisley mentioned.
Electrical automobiles, he added, signify “the following large step in transportation evolution.”
Caisley added that every 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 mentioned the stations additionally enable drivers to faucet into ChargePoint’s nationwide community of charging stations.
The electrical automobile charging stations are open and prepared for use by vacationers utilizing electrical automobiles on the three service areas.