Before National Train Day this year I had an afternoon to explore some parts of St. Louis. I was staying at the Sheraton across the street from Amtrak. A very long walk over a bridge but technically right around the corner from Amtrak Gateway Station is where you will find these charging stations. When leaving – head straight – then make a left. You will find these chargers down the road on right in Ameren parking lot.
I didn’t have any hassles recording these electric car charging stations. But for some reason I did grab the attention of an Ameren employee driving a service truck back to their lot. He made a left turn at the light and stopped to keep an eye on me. I kept looking back at him and even made a few comments. It was very obvious what I was doing. But this employee – maybe because of the neighborhood – was in paranoid mode.
Two Ameren security trucks did park in the parking lot across the street watching me record video at end of bridge. They kept an eye on me until I crossed back over heading to Union Station to record trains.
This location is the first I have been to – that has a wide variety of charging station brands. I’d venture a guess that every well known vendor is represented. AeroVironment, Blink and ChargePoint are shown.
Unfortunately by the time I got there – only an Ameren Chevrolet Volt was charging. I have seen an Ameren Volt and Nissan LEAF in Illinois ( video links showing those are below ).
Collaboratev is a joint project between ECOtality and ChargePoint.
SAE J1772 is a North American standard for electrical connectors for electric vehicles maintained by the Society of Automotive Engineers
CHAdeMO is the trade name of a quick charging method for battery electric vehicles delivering up to 62.5 kW of high-voltage direct current via a special electrical connector.
CHAdeMO Association – The number of CHAdeMO DC Quick chargers installed up to today is 3816.