KC SmartPort’s 2023 annual industry briefing, celebrating the electric vehicle revolution in Kansas City. | Photo by KCtoday
The Kansas City region’s momentum as a leader in the field of electrification is...electrifying.
Earlier this spring, we attended KC SmartPort’s 2023 Annual Industry Briefing. We heard from Panasonic and Burns & McDonnell leaders about the electric vehicle (EV) industry and its global + local impact — and here’s what we learned.
🚗 The EV industry
With the rising demand for electric vehicles, the global EV battery market is growing by the day. The industry had an estimated value of $56.4 billion in 2022, with an expected value of $134.6 billion by 2027. In North America, the electric vehicle battery manufacturing capacity in 2030 is projected to be nearly 20 times greater than in 2021. Let’s see how that translates to the Kansas City region.
⚡ KC is electric
Electric vehicle innovation found a home in Kansas City. The region’s transportation manufacturing industry is valued at $19 billion and produces more than 650,000 vehicles each year. With a variety of distribution-related advantages, including access to multi-modal transportation, KC is hard to beat. Plus, 85% of the US is accessible in two days or less by road.
“Kansas City is a leading market globally to move the electric revolution forward,” said Chris Gutierrez, president of KC SmartPort. “Our region has the location and resources to support global enterprise and ancillary suppliers as they expand and innovate in the EV space.”
🔋 Say hello to Panasonic
Kansas City’s robust infrastructure, ideal location, and skilled workforce make us a hot commodity as the world moves into the next phase of electrification. In 2022, Panasonic Energy Co. solidified the region as a hub for EV innovation when leaders selected De Soto, KS for its $4 billion EV battery manufacturing facility.
“The new facility will increase our global capacity by 60% and provide much-needed capacity to the American EV battery supply chain,” said Ajay Gnanasekaran, director of strategy and program management with Panasonic
Touch-A-Truck | Thursday, May 25 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Public Works Facility, 3535 Somerset Dr., Prairie Village, KS | Free | Bring the family to check out demonstrations of public works machinery like a wheel loader, skid steer, and dump truck.
School’s Out for the Summer Pool Party | Friday, May 26 | 12-5:30 p.m. | Tony Aguirre Community Center, 2050 W. Pennway St., Kansas City, MO | $15 | Celebrate the end of the school year at this pool party.
Twisted Flying Festival 2023 | Friday, May 26-Saturday, May 27 | Times vary | Z&M Twisted Vines Vineyard, 24305 Loring Rd., Leavenworth, KS | $0+ | Watch hot air balloons fly while enjoying live music, fire pits, and hard ciders.
Saturday, May 27
Los Monarchs Festival Latino | Saturday, May 27-Sunday, May 28 | 3 p.m. | Legends Field, 1800 Village W. Pwky., Kansas City, KS | $29-$189 | Spend Memorial Day Weekend at the home of the Monarchs — festival activities include live music, circus performers, and Lucha Libre Wrestling.
Next to Nature Farm’s Bee to Bottle Tours | Saturday, May 27 | Next to Nature Farm, 23338 Kissinger Rd., Leavenworth, KS | $15 | See the entire life cycle of a bee and discuss how they work to collect nectar and produce honey.
Arizona Trading Company, a local buy-sell-trade shop, is opening a new location in the Crossroads Arts District. The shop has existing locations in Lawrence (736 Massachusetts St.) and Westport (209 Westport Rd.). The new storefront will open this summer.
High Dive Records, a local record label, is ringing in its 10th birthday. To celebrate a decade of business, the label is hosting two anniversary shows on Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10 at recordBar (1520 Grand Blvd., KCMO). The concerts will feature some of the artists on the label.
Another Broken Egg Cafe, an upscale brunch restaurant, is now open in Prairie Village — at 5358 W. 95th St. This is the eatery’s second KC location, the first in Overland Park. The menu features Southern brunch classics like shrimp n’ grits and chicken and waffles. (Shawnee Mission Post)
Mid-Continent Public Library’s brand new Culinary Center is now open at the Green Hills location (8581 N. Green Hills Rd., KCMO). It features a teaching kitchen to host free food + nutrition classes for all ages, and a commercial kitchen space for local startup food businesses.
Let’s head north. Beginning Sunday, May 28, Sun Country Airlines will offer nonstop flights to Minneapolis-St. Paul. Where do you want to see nonstop flights added? Let us know.
Memorial Day is this Monday, May 29, and there are many ways to celebrate + recognize veterans in our community. Find a list of Memorial Day events through the National WWI Museum here — plus, keep scrolling for details on Celebration at the Station.
“Don’t” miss this one. Rapper and songwriter Bryston Tiller is coming to Kansas City on Thursday, June 22. Tickets to the show at The Midland start at $49.50.
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Kansas City’s favorite Memorial Day tradition. Every year, the Kansas City Symphony plays a free concert at Union Station for Memorial Day. Here’s the must-know information for Celebration at the Station:
When: Sunday, May 28 at 5 p.m.
Where: South Plaza of Union Station and the North Lawn of the National WWI Museum and Memorial