Fort Leonard Wood’s Directorate of Public Works, in conjunction with utility partner, Laclede Electric Cooperative, is currently installing the post’s first electric vehicle charging stations. The initial seven stations — with more sets to come — will provide charging capabilities for the electric vehicle fleet that will eventually replace all non-tactical government-owned vehicles on post, part of an Army directive in line with Presidential Executive Order 14057 — Catalyzing Clean Energy Industries and Jobs Through Federal Sustainability. The order requires the Department of Defense to transition its non-tactical vehicles to a 100 percent zero-emission fleet.
According to Jeannie Belew, with DPW’s Municipal Services Branch — which helps oversee utility contracts for the installation — the goal is to gradually electrify the post’s fleet of about 540 non-tactical vehicles by the fiscal year 2026. Two electric cargo vans have already arrived, Belew added, with 14 more EVs on order and expected this year.
The agreement with Laclede — who will own, operate and maintain the charging stations on post for a monthly fee — will ensure there is an ample number of charging locations to meet demand. The stations being installed are what’s called Level Two chargers, which use a 240-volt power supply and can typically add 10 to 20 miles of range to a light-duty EV per hour of charging time. The initial charging stations will be located across the post cantonment area, including Bldgs. 470, 752, 3202, 5260, 5267, 6100 and 11400.