Ameren‘s effort to expand the country Charging network for electric vehicles along with other Midwestern energy companies growing with the inclusion of Iowa-based Alliant Energy.
Ameren led an initiative in eleven states last year and worked with other utility companies to design an electric vehicle charging network from Wisconsin to Texas. Most of Iowa is covered by Alliant’s service area, expanding the reach of the network and giving more drivers the ability to drive electric vehicles without worrying about finding a charging station, the company said.
“As we move to cleaner energy to reduce carbon emissions, electric vehicles will be an important way for individuals and businesses to reduce their own environmental impact,” said Marty Lyons, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri. “We welcome Alliant Energy, which, together with Ameren and other energy companies, is making EV driving easier across the Midwest by providing convenient access to charging.”
According to Ameren, there are more than 2 million electric vehicles on US roads supported by approximately 100,000 charging stations. The coalition forecast that by the beginning of the next decade there will be more than 18.5 million electric cars on the streets, which will require about 9.6 million stations to keep up with demand.
The announcement was made during National Drive Electric Week, an annual event promoting emerging technology.
“Alliant Energy is committed to being a leader in electrification initiatives and leveraging innovative opportunities like these,” said Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa company. “Collaborations like this improve our focused strategy of serving customers and building stronger communities.”
Ameren and Alliant plan to purchase their new light company vehicles electrically. Ameren aims to have 35 percent of its heavy fleet electric by the same year.
The coalition includes Evergy and Liberty Utilities, two companies that provide electrical services to customers in Missouri. MidAmerica Energy, Midwest Energy, Duke-Indiana, DTE Energy, Oklahoma Gas and Electric, and Consumers Energy are also participating in the transnational effort.
The coalition wants to build its charging infrastructure by the end of 2022.
Ameren Missouri is committed $ 8 billion to invest in clean energy over the next 20 years as part of its efforts to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050. The company is increasing its investments in wind and solar and hopes to shut down its coal-fired power plants over the next two decades.
Missouri Energy department Director Craig Redmon recently told the Missouri Times that the state was Utilities take the lead to clean energy conversion, citing Ameren’s long-term plan as an example of corporate initiative, while other states are legislating for clean energy and electric vehicles.
The emerging technology also has the interest of Electricity cooperatives, Kansas City, and the federal government: Missouri expected to receive approximately $ 99 million from the Federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to strengthen the charging network for electric vehicles.
Cameron Gerber studied journalism at Lincoln University. Prior to Lincoln, he earned an associate degree from State Fair Community College. Cameron is from Eldon, Missouri.
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