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This content was featured in the March 2023 issue of Kansas Country Living.


You’ve likely heard or read that most automakers are transitioning many or all their new vehicles to electric-only models over the next 10 years. Regardless of the type of car you drive today, the electrification of the transportation sector is underway. Here are some frequently asked questions about EVs.

Q Why is Prairie Land Electric communicating about electric vehicles?
A: Last year our board of trustees approved a vision statement for the cooperative, “To be the trusted energy expert.” Our vision, or goal, is to be a trusted source of information for our members as they make decisions regarding their energy usage. Through a member survey and strategic planning session with our board, we identified that a significant percentage of our membership has some level of interest in up-and-coming technologies, including electric vehicles.

Q Why does Prairie Land Electric have an EV?
A: We purchased our first EV just this year for research and development purposes. Our EV and charging stations help us access key data and gain insights into how EVs operate and what infrastructure is needed to support them. We have a Ford Lightning to help educate our members and raise awareness of EV technologies. 

Q Why is Prairie Land Electric involved in EV infrastructure issues?
A: All electric utilities are planning now to ensure they have the necessary electric infrastructure in place to meet future EV charging needs — without jeopardizing the ability to keep reliable power flowing to our local homes and businesses. As your local energy provider, Prairie Land Electric is best suited to advise and help our members and local businesses plan for the electric vehicle future.

Q Can I charge my EV using an existing outlet or do I need a special outlet?
A: All EVs come with a 110-volt-compatible (Level 1) charging unit that can be plugged into any standard household outlet. For an eight-hour overnight charge, this will enable traveling around 36 to 40 miles a day. Your charging times and miles added may vary depending on the size of your battery and the weather conditions. If you typically drive longer distances or are in a hurry, a Level 2 charger takes about half the time and provides about 180 miles of range over an eight-hour charging period. A Level 2 charger must be installed by a licensed electrician. 

Q Does the outside temperature affect the range of an EV?
A: Outside temperatures, particularly colder weather, can impact the range of an EV. Unlike a gas-powered vehicle, where the heat is mostly coming from the engine, an EV must produce cabin heat and manage an optimal battery temperature with energy that comes from the battery, which can reduce battery range. 

Q Will an EV meet my daily driving needs? 
A: Most of today’s electric vehicles have a driving range per charge between 50 and 330 miles. If your daily commute is under that range, there is likely an affordable EV model that will fit your needs. 

Q Will an EV meet my needs on long road trips?
A: Long road trips can present challenges for today’s electric vehicles. Public charging infrastructure and battery technology is continually improving, but planning is still required for long trips. There are many EV models available with a range-per-charge of 150-250 miles. There are some high-end EVs that can get over 330 miles on a single charge.

Q Should I let my co-op know if I purchase an EV? 
A: If you purchase an EV, please let us know so we can better serve you. As more Prairie Land Electric members buy EVs, it’s helpful to know where they’re located in our area so we can ensure we have the necessary infrastructure in place to meet charging needs and provide reliable power to our local homes and businesses. 

We understand making the switch to an EV is a big decision. Whether you’re ready to make an EV purchase or wondering if an EV can meet your daily driving needs, we’re here to help you make an informed decision. Give us a call at 800-577-3323 or contact us at