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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 28, 2012

Electric vehicle charging stations installed in Arts District Garage

Public demonstration of charging stations and City’s first all electric-powered passenger vehicle scheduled for Friday, March 2

The City of Kansas City, Mo., as part of its KC Green initiative, will debut its two new electric vehicle charging stations during a live demonstration on Friday, March 2 at 10 a.m. The stations are located in the City’s Arts District Garage at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway St., and will each be able to charge two vehicles simultaneously.

“Promoting electric vehicles is an important part of encouraging sustainable solutions for Kansas City,” said Bruce Campbell, public parking administration manager. “This is our first municipal garage with electric vehicle charging stations. These units will help us to explore demand for plug-in vehicles, and assist in identifying future infrastructure needs.”

Staff will demonstrate the charging stations using the City’s new all electric-powered Ford Transit Connect minivan, the City’s first all electric-powered passenger vehicle since the early 1980s.

Motorists interested in using the stations are advised to enter the 17th Street entrance to the Arts District Garage for easy access. It will cost $1/hour to charge a vehicle.

Funding for the charging stations was made available through a U.S. Department of Energy, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant project awarded to the Metropolitan Energy Center (MEC). The City is working with the Kansas City Regional Clean Cities Coalitions, a program of MEC, to administer the grant.

The City has partnered with Coulomb’s ChargePoint Network and LilyPad EV to install the charging stations. The two new charging stations expand the growing number of Coulomb Charging Stations to 17 in the Kansas City Metro Area.

Coulomb Technologies is an electric vehicle charging solutions company, and Coulomb's ChargePoint Network is an online global charging network connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations across the U.S. and abroad. LilyPad EV is the Kansas and Missouri reseller for Coulomb Technologies. LilyPad EV sells, installs and maintains Coulomb Electric Vehicle Charging Stations.

For more information or media inquiries regarding the Arts District Garage electric vehicle charging stations, please contact Bruce Campbell, public parking administration manager, at 816-513-2819. To learn more about the City’s commitment to sustainability, please visit www.kcmo.org/kcgreen.

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