Midwest electric vehicle (EV) drivers can now travel even farther with an expanding charging network
Alliant Energy has joined a collaboration among Midwest energy companies that committed in good faith to building a large, collaborative network of EV charging stations. Ameren announced the first-of-its-kind collaboration in 2020. Alliant Energy joins Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois, as well as eight other utilities, to help EV drivers travel the Midwest with confidence. Other participants include Consumers Energy, DTE Energy, Duke-Indiana, Evergy, Liberty Utilities, MidAmerican Energy, Midwest Energy, and Oklahoma Gas and Electric. Together, these utilities serve customers across 11 states.
Today's announcement comes during the 11th annual National Drive Electric Week, a week that celebrates and draws attention to the pivotal role EVs and EV infrastructure have in creating a cleaner transportation future.
“We understand the critical need for more charging stations available at convenient locations," said David de Leon, president of Alliant Energy's Wisconsin energy company. "By signing on to this collaboration, we can help increase the EV infrastructure necessary to assure customers that they will be able to charge up no matter where they are driving."
"Alliant Energy strives to be a leader in electrification initiatives and embraces innovative opportunities, like this one,” said Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company. “It’s just one more way we are driving toward a more sustainable future that benefits everyone.”
As of this month, there are two million EVs on U.S. roads. This number is expected to increase to 18.7 million by 2030. To meet the demand, an estimated 9.6 million public EV charging stations will be needed, but only about 100,000 stations are in service today. With an expanded charging network, EV drivers will be able to travel from Wisconsin to Texas, and many routes in between, with plenty of locations to recharge along the way.
Map of eleven-state charging network available here.