City of Olathe, KS Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Beam Global EV Charging Systems
April 27 – Indian Creek Library – The City of Olathe, KS held a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Desmond Wheatley, Beam Global Chairman, President and CEO to celebrate the deployment of six Beam Global EV ARC™ Off-Grid EV Charging Systems. Our charging systems are the first of their kind in Kansas, demonstrating a commitment to improved quality of life for residents and a secure source of charging even during natural disasters or grid interruptions.
Mayor John Bacon announced “We now have six solar-powered electric vehicle charging systems up throughout the City. Here at Indian Creek Library, at the Olathe Community Center, and at Lake Olathe Marina. Olathe is the first in the state of Kansas – and the first in the Kansas City metro – to offer this technology to residents. These charging systems – are powered entirely by these solar panels. That means no storm nor any power outage – can prevent them from working.
We all know how critical it is for us to be able to get where we’re going. These six charging systems – will provide 96,000 miles of driving over the next year. While we’re proud to be first, what we’re most proud of today is delivering on our promise to our residents.
When we released our 2040 Strategic Plan last year, we committed ourselves to be future ready. To be innovative and collaborative as we prepare for tomorrow. We promised to embrace emerging technology and to provide infrastructure that is reliable, efficient, affordable and sustainable. On top of it all, this service is available to residents cost free.
To deliver such exceptional services to our residents, we knew that would require collaboration with regional partners, as we’ve done today with M-E-C and Beam.
In addition to these six charging systems, M-E-C’s grant also allowed the City to add five new electric vehicles to our fleet. The City of Olathe was recently recognized as having one of the best fleets in the country. That’s thanks in part to our use of new technology and ability to use a variety of fuel sources – like these systems. Congratulations to staff – for such a well-deserved recognition.”
Beam is delighted to bring our EV ARC™ Off-Grid EV Charging Systems to Olathe. It’s our privilege to be involved in bringing reliable, efficient, affordable and sustainable EV charging to its residents.
Mayor John Bacon
Anissa Parra-Grooms, Program Manager from Metropolitan Energy Center
Desmond Wheatley, Beam Global Chairman, CEO, President
Gary Lee, Olathe resident
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