Ameren seeks to install electric vehicle charging stations along I-70

The state’s largest utility plans to build electric car recharging stations along Missouri’s busiest travel corridor.

Ameren filed Monday with the Public Service Commission to construct five charging islands on I-70 between St. Louis and Booneville, as well as one in Jefferson City.

The outlets would be spaced 20-to-45 miles apart to accommodate the driving ranges of the vehicles. Ameren’s Mark Nealon says Kansas City and St. Louis are not currently connected by enough charging stations to allow continuous travel between the two cities.

A press release from Ameren said the first charging island, which would allow up to four customers to recharge their vehicles simultaneously, will be constructed this year in Booneville with exact locations to be announced at a later date. The charging stations would let customer’s pay-at-the-pump through existing credit card swipe technology. The project’s estimated cost is $600,000.

Read more: Missourinet, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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