Missouri has about 12 electric vehicles for every charging station in the state, putting it among the states with the fewest vehicles per station.
So, does that mean Missouri is short on electric vehicles, or that it has an abundance of charging stations? The answer appears to be a little of both.
The state ranks 17th among the 50 states and Washington for number of charging stations, with 372. Meanwhile, Missouri ranks 26th for number of electric vehicles, or EVs, on the road, with 4,450. (Missouri Business Alert calculated the number of EVs by combining electric vehicle registrations as of the end of 2016 with electric vehicle sales for all of 2017.)
Though Missouri ranks lower for electric vehicle ownership than it does for charging infrastructure, the state saw big growth in EV sales in 2017. Sales hit 1,150 for the year, an increase of more than 32 percent compared to 2016 sales, according to data from the Alliance of Auto Manufacturers, an advocacy organization.
Of course, increases in the number of electric cars on the road require corresponding growth in the number of charging stations to serve them. The Department of Energy offers a tool to estimate how many charging stations a state might need.
According to the estimate, Missouri, with its 4,450 vehicles, would need a total of 107 public plugs. The state easily clears that threshold, with more than 1,600 plugs at the 372 public charging stations across the state.
Adding to that number of stations, Missouri plans to spend $6 million on charging station construction, as a part of the draft plan for its Volkswagen emissions settlement, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
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