Electric car charging stations added to Antioch Park in Merriam

Representatives from KCP&L, the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Johnson County Park District and City of Merriam took part in the ribbon-cutting.
Representatives from KCP&L, the Northeast Johnson County Chamber of Commerce, Johnson County Park District and City of Merriam took part in the ribbon-cutting. Photo courtesy of NEJC Chamber.

charging stationA partnership between KCP&L and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District brought three new electric vehicle charging stations to Antioch Park in Merriam Wednesday morning.

The addition of the stations in northeast Johnson County is part of the 21 charging stations that will be in Johnson County parks across seven locations. The KCP&L Clean Charge Network across the metro has a goal of 1,001 stations installed by the end of the year.

KCP&L spokespersons at the ribbon-cutting event said the network will take away the issue of how far an electric car can range in the metro. KCP&L installed the charging stations and the necessary infrastructure. The park department will pay for the electricity used at the stations until they are converted for customer pay in the next couple of years.

David Adamczyk of KCP&L said it takes about four hours to fully charge a car at a station if the battery is nearly depleted. Each station can charge two cars at a time. The stations are currently metered, but the cost to the county is expected to be about $15 per month.

Parks director Jill Geller said Antioch Park is the most visited park on a per acre basis in the county system.