For 12 years, Jim Crist spent thousands of dollars on gas driving to Corporate Woods for his job at National Crop Insurance Services. This year, he hasn’t spent a dime thanks to a new feature in the office park.
Crist recently traded in his pickup truck for a gas-electric hybrid Chevrolet Volt, which allows him to drive 35 miles on a single charge.
“I believe electric cars are the future of transportation,” said Crist. “My eyes are always on the lookout for charging stations, and more and more businesses are installing them.”
Now, he doesn’t have to look far.
Corporate Woods recently partnered with the KCP&L Clean Charge Network and ChargePoint to install electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout the office park. Crist can now charge his car every day while he is at work.
“When I first bought the car, it took all night to charge it at home,” said Crist. “Now that Corporate Woods has charging stations, I can plug it into a station and it takes half the time.”
Corporate Woods has charging stations near buildings 6, 12, 14, 34, 40 and 82, and is free once the car is registered with ChargePoint.
According to their website, the KCP&L Clean Charge Network has more than 1,000 EV charging stations in the Kansas City metro area, more than any other US city.
Because of the charging stations, Crist hasn’t put gas in his car in nearly a year! It takes about three hours to charge, and he receives an alert on his phone once the car is charged.
The charging stations are just one part of Corporate Woods’ commitment to supporting sustainable programs, and Crist is thankful for the decision.
“It’s so convenient to plug in right outside our building and have it charged by the end of the day,” said Crist. “It is a great perk of working at Corporate Woods, and I’m happy they installed them.”