WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Some Kansas service stations along I-70 and the Kansas Turnpike are getting help adding charging stations for electric vehicles.

The Kansas Department of Transportation announced Friday it is awarding $2 million to three companies covering seven different areas of the state. Each location will get two charging stations, but the stations may differ based on how many vehicles can charge at one time and how much energy they provide.

Project sponsorStation locationAward
Mitten, Inc.
I-70: Oakley – Mitten’s Travel Center

$190,000 
Triplett, Inc.
I-70: WaKeeney – 24/7 Travel Store

$222,204
Francis Energy LLC I-70: Russell – Fossil Station Convenience Store  $335,104
Triplett, Inc.I-70: Abilene – 24/7 Travel Store
$271,815
Triplett, Inc.I-70: Abilene – 24/7 Travel Store

$295,071
Francis Energy LLCI-35: Matfield Green service area – EZ Go #73
$335,104
Francis Energy LLC
I-35: Belle Plaine service area – EZ Go #75

$335,104
(Source: KDOT)

The money comes from the state’s allocation of Volkswagen Mitigation Trust funds dedicated to the installation of Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations. Before awarding the money, KDOT identified 12 locations that need more charging stations.

KDOT identified 12 priority locations for electric vehicle charging stations. (Source: KDOT)

KDOT asked companies to submit proposals last fall. It got 32 requests for the money. Some of the respondents included Emporia State University, Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation, several electric cooperatives, and the cities of Concordia, Ottawa, and Sterling.

“The quality of proposals made the selection process very competitive, and it was clear there is much support across Kansas for electric vehicles and infrastructure,” Matt Messina, KDOT’s transportation planning manager, said. “Many applicants proved dedication to EV services beyond the required five-year commitment as they are eager to promote transportation options.”

People from KDOT and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, along with consultants, chose the winners based on criteria in KDOT’s Request for Proposals.

Each award recipient is responsible for providing 20% of the project cost, bringing the total estimated investment for the seven selected proposals to nearly $2.5 million.

The money customers pay to use the charging stations will go to the site hosts.

To find current electric vehicle charging stations in Kansas, check the map on PlugShare.com.