Missouri’s first electric vehicle charging station funded through the state’s Volkswagen Settlement Environmental Mitigation Trust has opened in Callaway County, according to a Missouri Department of Natural Resources news release.
The charging station — owned by Callaway Electric Cooperative in Fulton — is located at the FastLane Convenience Store in Kingdom City.
“We are excited about the opening of Missouri’s first electric vehicle charging station built with VW Trust funding,” MDNR acting director Dru Buntin said. “It is a major milestone for this important project that represents a real victory for electronic vehicle drivers in Missouri, whether they are residents or visitors.”
The new station is one of nine sites to be awarded trust funding in 2020. Eight other sites across the state were awarded and are progressing toward completion. Charging station locations will include Bethany, Cameron, Columbia, Concordia, Joplin, Tarkio, Sikeston and Springfield.
Each station will include two DC Fast Chargers with both CHAdeMO and CCS1 Combo plugs to service the greatest number of electronic vehicles currently available to drivers.
Many sites will also include Level 2 chargers to provide the greatest flexibility for drivers. Like traditional gas stations, pricing is determined by each charging station’s owner.
After consulting experts and the public, MDNR developed a minimum practical network plan of 13 sites strategically located at targeted highway intersections across Missouri.
During the previous application period, the department was able to award all but four of the identified sites. Applications will be accepted later this summer for the remaining four sites in Perryville, Harrisonville, Rolla and Nevada.
For more information about Missouri’s Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure program, visit dnr.mo.gov/env/apcp/vw/ev.htm.