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KDOT Adding EV Charging Stations to KS Highways

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Sept. 14, 2021—The Kansas Department of Transportation will be installing 12 new electric vehicle charging stations next year along several major highways throughout the state.

The new stations will be installed in predominantly rural areas of the state, according to a report from the Wichita Eagle.

“This will help combat range anxiety concerns and these stations will address that for a lot of people,” said Matt Messina, KDOT’s Comprehensive Transportation Planning Manager. “We will have the infrastructure.”

KDOT plans to award contracts for the installation sometime in December, and recipients will then have one year to install the stations.

The fast-charging stations will cost around $2 million to install and are part of a larger plan from the state to have publicly accessible EV charging stations every 50 miles on major highways throughout the state. Funding is being provided from the Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust. 

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