Kansas area to invest in electric car pumping stations, alternative fuels

Kansas City StarOctober 23, 2009 

You're driving around Kansas City in an electric car and notice its battery is nearly out of power. No problem. You head for the nearest public charging station for a fill-up.

The scenario is closer to reality than you realize. With electric cars soon to hit the market, Kansas City Power & Light plans to have 10 charging stations in place by next summer.

The charging stations are just one example of a push in the area to boost the use of alternative fuels such as electricity and natural gas.

•Kansas City's government, which already has many vehicles that use natural gas, is poised to increase the number of alternative-fuel vehicles in a big way. The city is also looking for ways to make natural-gas fuel available to the public and for services like the tourist trolleys planned for Westport.

•The Kansas City, Kan., School District plans to operate up to 30 hybrid-electric and natural-gas school buses and have its own natural-gas and electric fueling stations.

•The University of Missouri-Kansas City intends to install an electric charging station that will be available to the public. It will also be used to charge the university's first electric truck when it buys it.

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