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"If you build it, they will come."

Updated: Feb 8, 2023

In the spirit of baseball season and Opening Day for the MLB, Livingston is here to remind you that "If you build it, they will come." Studies show that accessible public charging makes electric vehicles (EV) more attractive to current and prospective EV drivers who cannot charge at home or work or experience range anxiety.

Public chargers make EVs more attractive to people who cannot charge at home or work and relieve range anxiety for prospective EV drivers. After Kansas City built 1,000 charging stations, there was a subsequent increase in electric vehicles, from 80 to at least 5,000.

Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City Power and Light Company (KCP&L) (now Evergy after the 2018 merge with Westar) committed $20 million in 2015 to fund the installation of 1,000 charging stations, providing charging to more than 800,000 customers in its service area. Despite 800,000+ customers, there were only around 1,600 plug-in electric vehicles in the entire state of Missouri. [1]

It took KCP&L less than two years to meet their goal. As of 2018, there were over 1,000 charging stations available to the public at locations including grocery stores, malls, apartment and condominium complexes, and the availability of charging accelerated EV adoption in the classic "if you build it, they will come" fashion. [1] The Kansas-Missouri quickly became one of the nation's fastest-growing EV markets, nearly doubling EV sales between 2017 and 2018 alone.

Through our work with various types of clients, business owners, and EV drivers, Livingston Energy Group has experienced first-hand just how drastic the need for reliable public charging is. We want to emphasize the specific need for commercial and municipal investment in EV charging. Aside from branding your business, property, or locality as EV friendly, just a handful of the countless benefits that come with installing EV charging stations include improved property values, overall sustainability, additional pathways to measurably reduce carbon emissions, increased tourism, providing the service to EV drivers already located in your community, attracting green businesses, investment in local economies, and a long-term revenue stream.


If you are interested in installing EV charging stations and would like a free consultation to see if your municipality or property location qualifies for New York State's current funding programs, please reach out to Livingston Energy Group today!

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[1] Keegan, C. (2018, January 31). KCP&L reaches goal to install 1,000 electric vehicle charging stations. Retrieved from 41KSHB Kansas City:

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