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2023 Summer EV Newsletter

Accessible and Reliable Charging

We appreciate Ameren Missouri customer Keith K. who provided feedback on the Spring Newsletter article “EV Charging on the Road” about traveling with an electric vehicle (EV). Thank you for sharing your experience!

As others have noted, charging your EV at public stations can come with challenges. Occasionally, chargers can be out of order, experiencing software hiccups, or even subjected to vandalism that leaves chargers unable to operate.

When you’re on the road and ready for an EV charge, we know it’s important to find an accessible and reliable charging station – one that is fully functional and can provide a charge that meets your travel needs, within your time constraints. Ameren Missouri is working across the communities we serve to increase available chargers. Visit Find EV Charging Stations on our website for details on charging locations, access, plug type, pricing, hours, and more.

You can also use free apps like PlugShare. PlugShare is the world’s largest online crowdsourcing community that allows users to find charging stations, leave reviews, and connect with other EV owners. Information about station reliability and usability can be found there, and you can use it to plan charge stops for your next road trip.

Know Before You Go

The PlugShare map is updated throughout the day based on live data directly from charging networks and the PlugShare community. When planning your next trip, check ahead to see if the station you want is open for use. We would specifically point out the legend icons that PlugShare uses to help drivers navigate charger status. For instance, “Under Repair” could indicate that a particular location is coming soon but not yet operable, requires repair for some reason, or is otherwise not available for use at the current time.

Since no single resource is always 100% accurate, we also recommend referencing the PlugShare comment section, cross-checking with other apps, or using online resources like EV driver Facebook groups connected to specific communities. In general, we have found that EV drivers are happy to share their experiences to help others have a good EV road trip.

John VonBokel, an EV enthusiast and owner since July 2012, shared his EV driving experiences.

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

Fantastic. It was everything that I thought it would be, and more. I was nervous and hesitant to fully experience the EV pick-up until the test drive coordinator encouraged me to really “punch” it. Wow! The power, the smoothness, the luxury - everything about it exceeded my expectations.

Q: In that first test drive, did anything surprise you?

I did so much research ahead of time, the only thing I can think of was the acceleration. I mean, 0-60 in an EV is totally different from a gas car. That’s why I tell people, to this day, you really have to drive one to understand the difference.

Q: What did you consider when making the decision to buy an EV?

Economics, value, performance, acceleration, and the convenience of fueling your vehicle at home. Think about it, it’s just like charging your mobile phone: every night, when you go to bed, you plug in your EV, and in the morning, it’s fully charged and ready to go. That’s a huge benefit that I think few people think about.

Q: How did you decide to buy a Rivian?

I was in California and had the chance to see one in person. I couldn’t drive it but was able to sit in it. The quality was really good. On my way home, I ordered one. That was November, 2021 and I got the Rivian July, 2022 - faster than I expected. The Rivian has a smaller bed than most trucks but it has something that truck owners have wanted for a long time - lockable storage. You’ve got the frunk, the gear tunnel, the bed with lockable power tonneau, there is even space under the bed.

Q: What is the longest trip that you’ve taken so far in your EV?

I’ve driven to California three times. Michigan ten times. DC one time. Florida five times. The longest was California by way of the Grand Canyon, over to LA, up to San Francisco and back home all in one week.

I’ve had no issues with finding charging stations along the way. Tesla has a great Supercharger network. There is also Electrify America, EVGo is coming along, and Charge Point is doing a lot. There are more and more options being added every day.

Q: What would you say to people who are hesitant to buy an EV?

I’m not pressuring anyone, but if you’re interested, try one out for a day and see if you like it. Better yet, try a couple of them. I find the performance sort of intoxicating. And the fueling is so convenient.

Some people are concerned about the cost or the hassle of installing a Level 2 charging station in their home. Just contact an electrician. They do free estimates. And for the people who don’t drive a lot, all you need is a Level 1 GFCI wall outlet.

There are a lot of reasons to buy an electric car but you only need one. Maybe you want the fastest performance, or to help the environment, or it’s because you want to save money on gas. Whatever your reason is, just try it out and see for yourself. You’ve gotta try it to believe it. 

Find the EV that fits your lifestyle and budget using our EV Comparison Tool and the list of EVs eligible for the Federal Tax Credit.

The first ever all Electric Silverado. A large battery pack provides up to 400 miles of range per charge and DC fast-charging tech can juice the battery with 100 miles of range in just 10 minutes. Dual electric motors provide standard all-wheel drive and up to 664-hp. The Silverado EV will be capable of towing up to 10,000 pounds and hauling up to 1300 pounds of payload. According to the latest report, this vehicle is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

MSRP: $42,000
Available Fall 2023

2023 Lincoln Aviator Grand Touring

The latest offering from Polestar, this performance model EV will be a crossover with a performance pack trim option that offers up to 517 hp or a 300-mile long-range version. Polestar 3 should be eligible for the full federal tax credit. The Aviator Grand Touring adds a 100-hp electric motor and a 13.6-kWh battery. The two propulsion sources combine for 494 horsepower and 630 pound-feet of torque. According to the latest report, this vehicle is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

MSRP: $69,150
Available Summer 2023

2024 Cadillac Lyriq EV Available

Cadillac's latest entrant into the luxury EV market is the Lyriq SUV, which offers sharp styling and a modern cabin. The Lyriq's battery offers 102.0-kWh worth of capacity and offers an estimated driving range of up to 312 miles per charge. According to the latest report, this vehicle is eligible for the full $7,500 federal tax credit.

MSRP: $58,590
Available Summer 2023
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“Why are EVs in short supply?”

Demand for EVs continues to increase. Almost 6% of new cars bought in America in 2022 were electric, up from 3.2% in 2021. Several factors are expected to continue to drive EV demand: more vehicle choices, improved battery capacity, and increased awareness of fuel cost savings. 

Low availability of EVs has been driven in part by supply chain issues - most notably, a shortage of semiconductor chips since early 2021.

However, automakers have unveiled strategies to speed up the electrification of new cars and trucks, including working closely with procurement professionals and market analysts to work through chip shortages.

Most major companies plan to roll out dozens of new EV models over the next decade. They are currently investing billions of dollars in research and development and building new manufacturing plants, particularly for battery production. 

Updated EV Federal Tax Credit  requirements were published on April 18, 2023. In order to qualify for a tax credit - currently $7,500 for a new vehicle and $4,000 for a used vehicle - vehicles must meet critical mineral and battery component requirements. These updated requirements apply to vehicles bought before and after April 18, 2023.

In addition, if you install an EV charger in your home, you can receive up to $1,000 in federal tax credits.

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If you joined us at the St. Charles Home Show or the St. Louis Earth Day Festival, thank you!

Upcoming events - we hope to see you there!

Green Living Festival

The Missouri Botanical Garden’s annual Green Living Festival is back in 2023 and will be hosted in a series of pop-up events during a “Summer of Sustainability” at institutions throughout St. Louis: