The Midwest’s electric vehicle charging network is about to get even larger

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WASHINGTON, DC – APRIL 22: Electric vehicles are displayed before a news conference with White House Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg about the American Jobs Plan and to highlight electric vehicles at Union Station near Capitol Hill on April 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Biden administration has proposed over $170 billion in spending to boost the production of zero-emission buses and cars and increase the number of EV charging stations. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A network of electric vehicle charging stations planned for the Midwest is about to get larger.

Alliant Energy of Iowa has agreed to join Ameren, Evergy and seven other electric utilities in building the stations across 11 states.

The utilities are working on building a vast network of charging stations by the end of 2022. This will allow owners of electric vehicles to feel confident driving any distance without worrying about running out of battery power.

Upon completion, electric vehicle drivers would be able to travel from Wisconsin to Texas and points in between with plenty of places to recharge along the way.

There are now two million electric vehicles on US roads. Ameren expects there to be nearly 19 million EVs on US roads by 2030. To meet the demand 9.6 million public charging stations will be needed. There are only about 100,000 stations are in service today.

There are now more than 100 public chargers in the St. Louis area. Charging stations are also available to purchase for homes. Use websites like Plugshare.com and OpenChargeMap.org to find a charger near you.

Map of EV charging stations from PlugShare.com

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