KANSAS CITY, Mo. — In conjunction with National Clean Energy Week, Evergy announced Tuesday that it is partnering with Midwestern utilities to develop a multi-state electric vehicle charging network by 2022.


To accomplish this, Evergy has entered a memorandum of cooperation with five other regional utilities: Ameren Missouri, Ameren Illinois, DTE Energy (Michigan), Consumers Energy (Michigan) and Oklahoma Gas and Energy. More power companies are considering joining this commitment.


Though individual programs are subject to regulatory approval, this partnership will create a network of charging stations to meet the ever-growing demand of consumers.


"Electric vehicles are readily available for consumers today and choices for EVs are growing with more than 130 models planned to be on the market by 2022," said Chuck Caisley, Evergy’s chief customer officer. "As power companies, we’re working together to ensure that we make it convenient and easy for EV drivers to charge their vehicles no matter where they are throughout the Midwest."


According to Edison Electric Institute, more than 1.2 million electric vehicles are on U.S. roads today. EEI forecasts this number to grow to 18.7 million by 2030. Evergy’s Clean Charge Network includes more than 2,000 charging ports in public locations. All of Evergy’s charging stations are powered 100% by renewables from renewable energy certificates.


The network supports more than 7,000 electric vehicle drivers in Evergy’s service area — a 500% increase from when the CCN launched in 2015.