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Westar pledges to support electric cars

Westar Energy announced that it supports the Edison Electric Institute's readiness pledge for the plug-in vehicles during a conference in Detroit.

The pledge encourages utilities to work with state governments to ready the electric grid for the new demand, create the needed infrastructure and policies, educate the public on the benefits of electric cars, develop incentives to buy electric cars, and buy them for their own fleets.

Westar Energy supports plug-in electrical cars because they provide cost and environmental benefits to customers and power companies.

"If plug-in electrics become widespread, utilities like Westar can use power plants more efficiently by evening out consumers' usage throughout the day," said Jim Ludwig, executive vice president, public affairs and consumer services, said in a statement. "Most customers would charge their cars at night during low electric load periods."

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