St. Louis launches three EV charging stations at City Hall


Two donated by IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership; all installed by IBEW Local 1 electricians

PROUD MOMENT – One of the three new EV charging stations at St. Louis City Hall donated by the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership gets the “thumbs up” by (from left) RJP Electric Project Manager Jake Jenson, RJP Vice President Gus Mantia, IBEW Local 1 Business Representative Mike Newton and NECA Executive Vice President Kyle McKenna. – Labor Tribune photo

The City of St. Louis is moving into the forefront of the growing electric vehicle (EV) revolution with the help of IBEW Local 1 and the St. Louis chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

In a ceremony at City Hall on March 31, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones unveiled three EV vehicle charging stations built on the City Hall parking lot, two of which were donated by the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership. Each will charge two cars simultaneously. In the ceremony, Mayor Jones complimented the skilled work of IBEW Local 1 electricians and NECA contractors.

IBEW LOCAL 1 MEMBERS (from left) Jeremy Edwards (RJP Electric) and Jason Burris (Burris Electric) Install a breaker box for the new EV charging stations. – Compass Communications photo

“This is the future of transportation – just one part of St. Louis’ commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable future,” Jones said.

“St. Louis City Hall is just one of many high profile sites where our region is progressively responding to the need for more EV charging stations,” noted Frank Jacobs, IBEW Local 1 business manager. “We encourage civic and business enterprises to follow the city’s leadership in sustainability and tap into our skilled workforce and contractors to advance this transformative moment in history supporting the future of EVs.”

READY TO CHARGE: Jason Burris, of IBEW Local 1 signatory contractor Burris Electric, installs an EV charging station at St. Louis City Hall. – Compass Communications photo

Electrical Connection contractors – RJP Electric and Burris Electric – performed site infrastructure improvements and installed the chargers. The infrastructure put in place to power the chargers is built for expansion, with the capability of supporting up to 50 EV charging stations at City Hall.

The IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center is the backbone of the region’s network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and helped to pioneer development of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program.

Some 200 to 300 IBEW journeymen and apprentices will be training in EV infrastructure and installation this year.

The Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI) noted that the training center has become of hub of EV infrastructure training.

The United States presently has more than 1.5 million electric vehicles on the road. By 2030, that number is expected to grow to 18.7 million.



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