State regulators last week gave the green light to Ameren Missouri’s plan to build charging stations for electric cars along highways in Missouri.
The $4.4 million pilot program will run for five years and put charging stations at rest stops and businesses near highway entrances. The utility plans to offer incentives to businesses for their cooperation.
However, regulators rejected the rest of Ameren’s $18 million electric car program, citing concerns over competition in the emerging car-charging market. The rejected proposal called for the installation of 1,200 charging stations in Ameren’s territory.
The new charging stations would allow electric car owners to travel long distances with more ease, Ameren said.
Ameren’s involvement could also lower costs for its customers, according to Steve Wills, the company’s director of rates and analysis.