ROELAND PARK, KANSAS December 21, 2010 - Roeland Park announced today that the first charging station for electric vehicles within the State of Kansas has been installed at the Roeland Park City Hall and is available for use by the public.
Roeland Park is proud to have in attendance Kansas Governor-Elect Sam Brownback, the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Roeland Park resident and member of the Mid-America Electric powered Automobile Association Don Buckshot will be the charging station’s first customer, fueling an electric vehicle on site.
Roeland Park is part of the Greater Kansas City Plug-in Readiness Task Force, which is developing and implementing plans to ready the area for the arrival of plug-in vehicles. The task force is sponsored by the Mid-America Regional Council and the KC Regional Clean Cities Coalition. Their efforts will make a difference in the region’s ability to secure the economic and environmental benefits of plug-in vehicles.
Electric vehicles are being released by nearly all of the major auto manufacturers including Nissan, Ford and GM. In fact, the first Nissan LEAF and Chevrolet Volt within the United States were delivered last week. Automobile manufacturers are focusing their efforts on a handful of initial markets for the first few months, however national releases are expected in mid to late 2011.
“Recognizing the rapidly approaching change in transportation, we felt it was important for the City of Roeland Park to take a first step towards creating electric vehicle infrastructure within our region,” said Roeland Park Councilmember Megan England. “We are extremely proud to be recognized as leaders within our region and to have Governor-Elect Brownback here to mark the occasion with us.”
The charging station was manufactured by Coulomb Technologies, a leader in electric vehicle charging solutions and has stations located worldwide. LilyPad EV the reseller of Coulomb ChargePoint stations for both Kansas and Missouri congratulates Roeland Park on being leaders of this initiative.
“By taking this bold step, Roeland Park is helping pave the way for the adoption of plug in vehicles in the area,” said Larry Kinder of LilyPad EV.
LilyPad EV is the Kansas and Missouri reseller for Coulomb Technologies. We sell, install, and maintain Coulomb Electric Vehicle Charging Stations under Midwest distributor Carbon Day Automotive in Chicago. LilyPad EV proudly partners with area Plug In Readiness Task Forces, and other interested parties, to actively help regions prepare for the arrival of plug in vehicles. LilyPad EV is a member of the Kansas City, St. Louis, Central Kansas, and Springfield, Missouri Plug in Readiness Task Forces. Our purpose is to ensure that people who purchase electric vehicles will be able to charge them as necessary…where they live, work, play, and shop. Our business model helps organizations move towards their sustainability goals while creating a new revenue streams. Visit www.lilypadev.com for more information or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coulomb Technologies is the leader in electric vehicle charging systems and application services, with the ChargePoint Network now operating in 14 countries, and Network Operations Centers in the U.S., London, and Hong Kong. The ChargePoint Network first went live in January of 2009. Coulomb provides a vehicle-charging infrastructure, with an open system driver network: the ChargePoint Network provides multiple web-based portals for Hosts, Fleet Managers, Drivers, and Utilities, and ChargePoint Networked Charging Stations ranging in capability from 120 Volt to 240 Volt AC charging and up to 500 Volt DC charging. For more information, follow Coulomb on Twitter at twitter.com/coulombevi. To request a charging station in your area, visit www.mychargepoint.net/request-station.php. To download the ChargePoint iPhone App, click here.