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Utilities make plans to pave way for electric cars

Kansas City Power & Light Co. is preparing for a highway power play -- a new breed of electric cars.

While the environmentally friendly vehicles are likely to generate more of a trickle of sales in the Kansas City area over the next two years than a surge, that’s not stopping KCP&L and other utilities from getting ready for them. Electric utilities want to make it as easy as possible to own an electric car.

KCP&L hopes to open its first of 10 public charging stations next year in midtown Kansas City and is considering educational campaigns to tell customers about what’s involved in owning an electric vehicle. The utility also plans to train employees so they’ll be conversant in topics such as the electric wiring needed to charge the vehicles and even have names of contractors that can do wiring upgrades, if needed.

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