‘Coast-to-coast EV travel’: EV charging stations coming to Emporia


EMPORIA (KSNT) – One local gas station will soon have electric vehicle (EV) charging stations available near two major highways.

The Flying J west of Emporia will now house four EV charging stalls near Interstate 35 and Interstate 335. This will be funded by the state’s National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program.

Each charging stall will be capable of delivering up to 350 kW to compatible EVs as well as housing them under a canopy, where vehicles and the charging equipment will be safe from the elements.

“Traditionally, most EV chargers have been built in, or just outside of, major cities and metropolitan areas,” Brandon Trama, Director of Business Development at Pilot Travel Centers LLC said. “This means we have the opportunity to expand access to EV charging infrastructure in the heartland of the United States. We hope this station in Emporia will help raise the charging confidence of EV owners in the great state of Kansas and provide safe, secure passage to any EV drivers and passengers that may be passing through.”

Emporia is just one of six locations across Kansas that Governor Laura Kelly announced will receive more than $4.6 million for fast-charging stations.

“The goal of our network is to enable true, coast-to-coast EV travel, and to get from one coast to the other, you’ll have to go through Kansas,” Trama said. “We are excited about bringing more reliable EV charging infrastructure to Kansas and throughout America’s Great Plains region.”

Installation of the charging stations at the Flying J in Emporia is progressing and Pilot Travel Centers is working with its partners to get them online and available to the public as soon as possible, according to Pilot Travel Centers LLC.

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