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Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — This city’s buses all run on diesel.

They navigate Wichita streets with the distinctive rumble of their time-tested engines, belching the distinctive smell of diesel and a concoction of carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxides.

That exhaust clouds the air locally and adds to the greenhouse gases steadily transforming the climate globally.

Brian Grimmett / Kansas News Service

LINDSBORG, Kansas — The city-owned utility here wants to sell more electricity to the 3,500 people in town.

So it bought a $40,000 Tesla Model 3 sedan. It wants to show that getting around in an electric car can make sense.

Kārlis Dambrāns, flickr Creative Commons

Electric charging stations have been introduced at the Topeka, Lawrence and Towanda services areas on the Kansas Turnpike.

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly announced the additions Wednesday, calling the charging stations "a game changer" for electric vehicle drivers, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported.

The Topeka Service Area, similar to the ones in Lawrence and Towanda, has three charging stations.

Stephen Koranda / Kansas News Service

A panel of state officials is working this week on recommendations for funding the Kansas highway system, and they could propose additional fees for hybrid and fully electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Attracting Few Users

Aug 1, 2012

Westar Energy has installed about 52 electric vehicle charging stations throughout the state of Kansas.

The company is participating in a pilot program to see who’s using the stations, and how often.

Spokesperson Shane Batchelder says the stations are getting a lot of use, but not by people who drive fully electric cars.

“They charge at night while they are asleep, and that certainly gets them through the day,” says Batchelder.

“I don’t think they billed into the plan a need to have to charge throughout the day.”