Missouri’s current electric vehicle (EV) charging network supports 2,261 stations, mostly located in Kansas City and St. Louis, but plans are in the works to grow this infrastructure in the coming years. In the meantime, free online maps can help you find a place to charge your EV.
Missouri was recently ranked seventh in the nation for electric vehicle use with over 6,700 registered EV drivers across the state. Despite this growing number, EV and plug-in-hybrid drivers can sometimes find it a challenge to locate public charging stations.
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Where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Missouri
When your EV is ready for a fill-up, you need to know more than just where to find a place to plug in. You also need to know what kind of charging equipment and/or adaptors you have, so you know what types of chargers you can use. Currently, there are four types of charging stations available:
- Level 1: If you have a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), this is probably all you need. A standard 120-volt will take over 24 hours to charge a full EV battery, but smaller PHEV packs can be topped off easily overnight.
- Level 2: This is the most common type of charger you’ll find available for public use. At 220 volts, it can charge an EV battery in 4 to 8 hours and a PHEV battery in about 2 to 4 hours.
- Level 3: When you’re on the road, there’s nothing better than a Level 3 DC fast charger (DCFC) for a quick top-off to keep you moving. You’ll average about 20 miles per minute added to your battery pack, so you can add a couple of hundred miles to your trip pretty fast.
- Tesla Supercharger: The one. The only. Tesla Supercharger. It’s still a Level 3 charge, but with more plugs available per charging site, it means less of a wait to get your juice.
Though most of Missouri’s charging stations are Level 2s, the number of DCFC and Tesla Supercharger stations is respectable and on the rise. Not surprisingly, St. Louis and Kansas City offer the highest number of chargers in the state—at least ten times more than any other Missouri city.
Unfortunately, this makes driving an EV more difficult in rural and less populated urban areas. Even the state’s capital, Jefferson City, only offers 27 chargers compared to the nearly 3,000 available between KC and St. Louis.
Luckily, if you’re traveling across the Show Me State, you have a couple of internet resources that can help you map out where to find EV charging stations along the way:
Missouri cities with the most EV charging stations
Total number of public charging stations
How much does it cost to charge an electric car in Missouri?
Even your great-grandparents may have a tough time remembering the last time they paid less than $6 to fill up their gas tank, but that’s the average cost to fill up an EV’s battery pack at home—$5.59 to be exact. Traveling 100 miles in an EV requires about $3.74 worth of electricity, but let’s see how that breaks down across different types of charging stations.
Level 1 chargers can be difficult to find, but when you do find them, they’re the ones most likely to offer free charges. When they do charge a fee, you can expect to pay anywhere from $1.50 to $14 for a charge, depending on your battery size, and your location.
Level 2 charging stations are the most common not only in Missouri but also in most U.S. While some offer free charges, you’re more likely to spend between $0.20 and $0.30 per kWh at one of these stations. This amounts to an average of $8 to $40 for a full charge, which, while more expensive than a home charge, is still a lot cheaper than most are spending on gas right now.
Level 3 DCFCs are what you need when you’re in a hurry. They offer the most efficient charge, but the odds of finding one that offers a free charge are slim to none. That said, the national average cost to charge at a DCFC station is just $0.35/kWh, which adds up to about $10 to $30 per charge.
In addition to the fee for charging itself, some charging stations apply additional fees, such as parking. While this can increase the average cost to charge, several national charging networks offer memberships that allow you to save by paying a monthly fee rather than a per-kWh rate.
Missouri electric vehicle incentives
Though Missouri finds itself among the leaders in the nation for registered EV owners, it doesn’t do much to incentivize individuals to drive them. In fact, the only incentive you’ll get in Missouri for joining the EV trend is an exemption from emissions inspection requirements.
That said, Missouri, along with most other states is making EV infrastructure a priority in the coming years. Plans have been filed and approved that will see an increase in chargers installed in less populated areas to ensure wider accessibility.
How to save on electric car insurance in Missouri
When you drive an electric vehicle in Missouri—or anywhere—you can expect to save piles of cash on fuel costs, as well as many other costs associated with car ownership. With 10 times fewer moving parts than standard gas-powered vehicles, maintenance is practically negligible. Unfortunately, one cost that isn’t reduced when you join the EV trend is the cost of
Missouri car insurance.
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