With a low cost of living and being in the center of the United States, Missouri is becoming a popular state to move to. But, when it comes to owning an EV in Missouri, is it a smart idea?
Let’s break down everything you need to know.
Missouri Charging Infrastructure
Unfortunately, Missouri has limited charging infrastructure right now. And, it doesn’t seem as if EVs are very popular, with only around 6,740 all-electric vehicles on the road as of June 2021. But, Missouri officials hope to get a NEVI grant for $100 million over the next 5 years to increase its infrastructure.
Number of Charging Stations in Missouri
Missouri has around 2,300 stations currently. The main cities with chargers are St. Louis, Kansas City, Springfield, and Branson.
The Kinds of Charging Stations
If you’re looking to buy an electric vehicle, how you charge it will be essential. Below we’ve listed the different charging station varieties that you might use when you purchase an EV.
Free stations often offer level 1 or level 2 chargers, which usually won’t charge your car in full, but will offer a top-off. The usage of public charging stations in parking lots or supermarkets may be free during your visit, and many businesses have started to offer free charging for their employees.
One of several rapid chargers is called CHAdeMO. The connector is fairly common in Japanese vehicles like the Kia Soul, Nissan Leaf, Mitsubishi Outlander, and Toyota Prius hybrid. There is a specific connector only used for CHAdeMO charging, so keep that in mind.
CCS charging sockets shared communications pins that integrate AC and DC inlets. It is crucial to remember that CCS uses Power Line Communication, a system used for power grid communications, to start and manage charging with the car. As a result, the car may communicate with the grid like a regular appliance-type system. Because of this, it cannot be used without specialist adapters with CHAdeMO charging systems.
The J Plug, or SAE J1772, is the most common connector for charging electric cars, and it is used by all non-Tesla Level 1 and Level 2 charging stations in North America. But, Tesla drivers can also use J Plugs using a Tesla connector converter.
Where are the Charging Stations Located?
While we listed the major cities where the charging stations are located in above, there are also charging stations in the cities of Columbia, Farmington, Fort Leonard Wood, Hannibal, Jefferson City, Joplin, Rolla, and Sedalia.
Cost of Owning an EV in Missouri
Is it worth it to own an EV in Missouri, and what are you expected to spend? Here are a few popular electric vehicle options, their costs, and more.
Tesla Model 3
Sitting at a base price of around $45,500, the Tesla has a 50 to 82 kWh 350 V lithium-ion battery and is incredibly fast, going 0 to 60 in less than 5 seconds. For the battery, Tesla’s network of fast-charging stations known as Superchargers, plus adapters for DC public charging stations, 240- and 120-volt outlets, and home charging stations are all available.
Although the base rear-wheel drive model is an excellent deal, some drivers may not like the 272 miles of EPA-estimated driving range. The Long Range model, which provides an estimated 358 miles of driving per charge, is a better option for longer commutes.
The model has a 4-year or 50,000 limited warranty. However, there is no complimentary scheduled maintenance.
Home charging costs roughly $0.12 per kWh in Missouri, which has some of the lowest electricity prices, or about $6.00 for a full charge. However, public charging costs around $0.28 per kWh, or $22.96, which is somewhat pricey.
Ford F-150 Lightning
There are two different batteries for the Lightning: the 98.0-kWh Standard and 131.0-kWh Extended. The F-150 Lightning can tow up to 10,000 pounds when properly outfitted. Although this is less than a typical F-150’s maximum payload, it is still very handy. Just be aware that due to the limited range and inadequate infrastructure for charging stations, towing large distances with an EV can be difficult.
With the standard battery, you can get around 300 miles of driving range, but the extended battery can give around 398 miles. Ford also estimates that the batteries can charge in less than 20 hours when plugged into a 240-volt household outlet or as little as 41 minutes when attached to a DC fast charger. However, the extras will cost you, with the extended battery and extra charger putting your investment at around $70,000.
Home charging for this truck will cost you about $0.12 per kWh, while public charging will cost you about $0.36 per kWh. So, the price ranges can range from $11.76 to $47.16.
In the Kia lineup, the EV6 is situated above the Niro EV. Customers who choose the $50,000 platinum option EV6 receive a single rear-mounted motor and a 77.4-kWh battery pack. This can give them a combined driving range of 310 miles. There’s also the 58.0-kWh pack with an EPA-rated range of 232 miles.
This vehicle is also equipped with an adjustable suspension and 576 horsepower, helping you reach 60 mph in as little as 3.4 seconds. So, this is great for those who love a little speed.
If you decide on home charging, you’ll spend around $0.12 per kWh or about $6.96 for a full charge. Public charging will run you around $0.26 per kWh, or upwards of $20.12.
The brand’s first electric vehicle, the 2023 Subaru Solterra debuts with all-wheel drive as standard equipment and offers luxury at a starting price of $46,000.
The Solterra boasts two electric motors that provide a combined 215 horsepower and 249 pound-feet of torque, in addition to being fueled solely by electricity. There are four driving modes: Eco, Normal, Power, and X-mode. This is designed to assist in slick situations or on uneven terrain by independently adjusting the power to each wheel.
According to Subaru, the battery pack in the Solterra has a gross capacity of 72.8 kWh, offering a 228-mile range. The Solterra also has an integrated 6.6-kWh charger. It can recharge the battery in nine hours when plugged into a Level 2 charging station. If using a 100 kW DC fast charger, it can charge in as little as an hour.
You will spend roughly $0.12 per kWh at home and $0.26 per kWh at public charging stations for this SUV. So, the price can range from $8.73 to $18.92.
Missouri Electric Vehicle Incentives
Unless you’re a business or public entity, there aren’t a lot of Missouri electric vehicle incentives to take advantage of. But, if you’re an Evergy electric customer, you can receive a $500 rebate if you install a Level 2 charger at your home.
Owning an EV in Missouri won’t earn you much money back in tax incentives, but it does seem like Missouri is working on building up its infrastructure, which is good news for future EV owners. And, unlike some other states, Missouri won’t charge you extra (as of 2023) to own an electric vehicle either!
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