Recharge Wrap-up: Tennessee announces EV rebate program, Kansas City area could be next EV hot spot

Canadian Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards

Kansas City Power & Light's huge Clean Charge Network is well underway. So far, it has installed 150 charging stations, with a total of 1,016 to be built by the end of the year (15 of which being DC fast chargers). The utility is taking a chance by building the $2- million charging infrastructure in a market that hasn't embraced EVs yet, but the company is optimistic. "If you build it, they will come," says KCP&L Vice President of Marketing and Public Affairs Chuck Caisley. KCP&L hopes it will inspire more people to drive EVs, thus providing the company with more customers to make up for the current decline in consumption. Meanwhile, other utilities and automakers are paying attention to see how it all plays out. Read more at Automotive News.

Tennessee has announced a rebate program for EVs bought or leased in the state by state residents. With a minimum of a three-year lease, battery electric vehicle customers will be eligible for a $2,500 rebate, with plug-in hybrid customers eligible for a $1,500 rebate. The program begins June 15, and is limited to $682,500 worth of rebates (which equals, at the most, 455 vehicles). "This rebate program is a way to assist consumers making environmentally conscious transportation decisions," says Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. Read more from WATE 6.

The Canadian Electricity Association has announced the winners of the Electric Vehicle Dealership Awards. Motorize Auto Direct in Sidney, British Columbia has been named Leading Battery Electric Vehicle Dealership, with BEVs making up 65 percent of their sales. Motorize Auto Direct also has a donation program to build chargers in the region. Bourgeois Chevrolet in Rawdon, Quebec wins the Leading Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Award, with PHEVs making up 22 percent of its sales. Green Rock EVS of Mount Pearl, Newfoundland receives the Electric Vehicle Dealership Inspiration Award for their promotion of EVs in the community. Read more from the Canadian Electricity Association.

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