Group to Apply for Installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Concordia

Group to Apply for Installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Concordia

The City of Concordia, CloudCorp, Cloud County Community College and Prairie Land Electric are working in partnership on an application toward the installation of Electric Vehicle charging equipment in Concordia.

In September, the Kansas Department of Transportation announced a Request for Information (RFI) in advance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the state's most traveled highways, including US Highway 81 in Concordia.

Through this RFI, KDOT looked for input from industry stakeholders and potential applicants.  KDOT has identified approximately 12 preliminary locations for the installation of Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations (50 kW or greater) to improve public access to charging stations every 50 miles along primary corridors.

CloudCorp Executive Director Kim Reynolds says there has been a strong push for the adoption of electric vehicles from both the public and private sectors.  While some charging infrastructure already exists, it's important for Kansas to ensure continuity of travel across the state for travelers and commerce.

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Funding for the charging stations is provided by the Volkswagen Mitigation Trust, which made approximately $2 million available to Kansas for electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

Locally, Reynolds said they are targeting a location near the Cloud County Historical Society Museum on the east side of the 600 block of Broadway Street.

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The group is working with Francis Energy of Tulsa, Oklahoma on the application for an electric vehicle charging station in Concordia.  The core mission of Francis Energy is to eliminate range anxiety for electric vehicle drivers and enable the acceleration of the electric vehicle market.

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Completed applications must be submitted to KDOT by 5 pm on December 15, 2021.