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First Public EV Charging Station Installed In Downtown St. Louis

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  “We are looking at the future!”

It’s hard to argue with Amos Harris when you see the brand new device that was just installed near the Edward Jones Dome — once you realize it’s not an air dispenser for your car’s tires.

It’s a brand new electric vehicle (EV) charging station, and it’s the first one open to the public downtown.

“There are some charging stations…Ameren has one for Ameren folks,” points out Amos Harris, President of Spinnaker St. Louis, developer of the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, which had the unit installed.

It’s primarily for residents of the Laurel Apartments at 7th and Lucas, he says, but also open to the public.

“A big piece of what the Laurel is all about is sustainable living, green lifestyle,” Harris explains. “We’re putting in a solar roof, it’s a LEED-certified building. It’s one of the very few LEED-certified residential buildings in the region.”

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Mayor Francis Slay is a fan.

“I hope this is the first of many EV stations located in the City of St. Louis,” he says.

That’s the plan, says Harris, who hopes folks heading down to the St. Louis Auto Show later this week just across the street at America’s Center will stop by for a first-hand look.

The ChargePoint station is managed by the ChargePoint Network, the largest online global charging network connecting electric vehicle drivers to charging stations.

It also supports the WeCar netowrk, in which electric vehicles can be rented at a rate of $8 an hour and users can fuel up at the 7th and Lucas station.

WeCar by St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings has grown in popularity along with the downtown population.

“We are excited to see this technology brought to St. Louis,” says Tony Moise, vice president and general manager of Enterprise Holdings. “This, along with our partnership with Spinnaker St. Louis, allows us to continue to expand our use of alternative fuel vehicles for our customers.”

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