Elk Horn, Iowa's website says it is located, "In the heart of Southwest Iowa's picturesque countryside." Google Maps
shows just how remote the town is, so it is clear that to make this place a forward-thinking electric vehicle
destination takes a bit of chutzpah. While most EV
advocates and manufacturers see electric cars
as urban runabouts for the near future, Elk Horn businessman Mike Howard thinks that it makes sense to build eight EV charging stations in town. Four – one is solar, the others are connected to the grid – are already installed and four more are coming soon. Howard told the AP
that the stations are like some famous horse exchange locations from Western U.S. history, "This is a modern-day Pony Express
," he said. Expanding out from Elk Horn, Howard wants to build more of the $6,000 stations along Highway 80 – all the way from Chicago to Denver. That's what we call ambition.
Currently, there are 96 EVs registered in Iowa, out of over 4 million total. At the very least, the one EV registered in Elk Horn – a converted Chevy S-10
– will never need to wait for an open outlet.