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2023 Fall EV Newsletter

Celebrate National Drive Electric Week 2023

Ameren Missouri is gearing up to celebrate National Drive Electric Week (NDEW) and we’re inviting our customers to join in on the fun. NDEW is a nationwide celebration to raise awareness of the many benefits of electric vehicles (EVs), plug-in hybrid cars (PHEVs), and other electrified transportation. We’re proud to partner with the Missouri Botanical Garden on two exclusive events for those interested in EVs.

To kick off the festivities, Ameren Missouri is presenting:

EV 101: A Brief Introduction to Electric Vehicles
Tuesday, September 19 | 12 p.m. or 6 p.m.
Free for all, registration required.
Register Today

In this virtual event, you will learn about the different types of EVs, how simple they are to charge, vehicle incentives, and we’ll also have an EV expert to answer your questions. We are offering this event at two convenient times, so register today.

Are you ready to experience the fun of an EV? Join us for an EV Ride & Drive:

Free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive

Tuesday, September 26 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Missouri Botanical Garden

Free for all, registration required.

Register Today

This event will allow you to try out multiple EVs and see first-hand their many benefits - quiet ride, quick acceleration, and ease of charging - free from any sales pressure!

We hope you’ll join us for these exciting National Drive Electric Week events, please register today!

We’ve also put together a few resources for those who are considering driving electric:

We hope you’ll join us for these exciting National Drive Electric Week events, please register today!

We’ve also put together a few resources for those who are considering driving electric:

Thinking about getting an EV? 

"Just do it. 
Go for it. 
It’s so worth it."

Q: What was it like driving an EV for the first time?

Driving an EV for the first time was really different. I didn’t expect the “take off” because I was so used to driving a gas vehicle. Also, the regenerative braking kicks in the minute you take your foot off the accelerator which just takes some getting used to. But I just love driving my Mach-E.

Q: What was your decision process when deciding to buy an EV?

It was all about price, efficiency, and range. I wanted a vehicle with an efficient battery and 250 mile range. I also wanted style - a vehicle that would stand out on the road. And when my job, which is at Nike, decided to install EV charging and offer it free to employees, I was 100 percent in.

Q: How did you decide on the Mach-E?

I originally wanted a Tesla Model S but didn’t have easy access to Tesla charging. Then I saw the Mach-E and wow! The interior screen and all the “bells and whistles” was so cool - I just had to have one. A dealer near me had a Mach-E in stock and I got to test drive it. Right then and there, I said “yes, I want this.” After ordering, I had to wait about 4 and half months to receive the car - but it was worth the wait and I received a $7,500 federal tax credit, so I was glad I made the purchase.

Q: How do you charge your EV? At home? On the road? At work?

I charge 80 percent of the time at work and 20 percent at home and public fast chargers. I have no issues because my job offers free charging. There are public chargers at convenient locations such as the St. Charles Nissan Dealership and Walmart. And when I’m at home, it’s so easy just to plug in whenever I need a charge.

Q: Have you saved money owning an EV?

I definitely saved money. At normal Ameren rates, I’m paying $5 - $10 per full charge, or about six cents per kilowatt in the winter and about 13 cents per kilowatt in the summer. That is way less than the current $3.40 per gallon of gas. And I’m usually charging for free at work. Plus, no oil changes or tune ups. All I have to do is rotate the tires.

Q: What advice would you give others interested in buying an EV?

Just do it. Go for it. It’s so worth it.

The Kia EV9’s all-electric configuration offers near-instantaneous acceleration and comfortably seats seven. Built for highway and off-road excursions, the EV9 has a range of 300 miles on a single charge, 379 hp/516 lb-ft torque, and can go from 0-60 in 5.0 seconds. The EV9 also offers an on-board generator that can help you use your EV as a power source. Kia expects the EV9 to initially qualify for the full $7,500 U.S. federal EV tax credit for leased models, and eventually for retail sales as U.S.-built vehicles and batteries become available.

MSRP: $55,000 
Available: Before the end of 2023

2024 BMW i5 EV eDrive 40

BMW’s first-ever i5 eDrive 40 is a sporty sedan that features nearly a 300-mile range on a full charge, 335 hp/295 lb-ft torque, and can go from 0-60 in 5.7 seconds. It features glass controls on the iDrive controller and a rocker switch for gear selection. You can also augment the trim package to include a customized Harman Kardon sound system and a luxury seating package. Check with your dealer for local and federal tax incentive information. 

MSRP: $66,800
Available: Before the end of 2023

2024 Mini Cooper Aceman

The Mini Cooper Aceman is completely new for 2024 and features a “floating” control console that is completely customizable. The top-level Aceman bumps up the available range from previous models to a 249-mile range, 215 hp/199 lb-ft torque, and can go from 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds. Check with your dealer for local and federal tax incentive information.

MSRP: $33,000
Available: Early September

Find the perfect EV that fits your lifestyle and budget, explore with the EV Comparison Tool and Eligible EVs for the Federal Tax Credit. 

“What is the service life of an EV battery?”

Federal regulations mandate that an EV’s battery pack be covered under warranty for at least eight years or 100,000 miles. Varying brands may offer even more coverage. Typically, with regular use, batteries should last the lifetime of an EV and require next-to-no maintenance during their service life. In fact, EVs require less maintenance overall compared to a gas-powered vehicle. No more oil changes and nothing to tune up! 

Batteries thrive in moderate temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The number one cause of reduced range is heating/cooling the cabin and the power demand to regulate the temperature of the battery pack. Similar to a gas car, driving when it is very hot or cold will reduce battery range; however, those conditions do not affect battery life.

For other frequently asked questions, visit Electric Vehicles - Ameren Missouri.