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Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Two public electric car charging stations would be built under a proposal that goes before the Des Moines City Council this evening.

Why it matters: They would be the first charging stations in city-owned garages, at 9th and Locust Streets and Fourth Street and Grand Avenue.Construction would be phased in over the next two years.

  • An additional 11 electric cars would also be purchased for city operations, under a separate proposal to be reviewed tonight.
  • The city added its first four 100% electric cars to the city fleet in 2019.
  • DART added 11 electric buses to its fleet last year.

By the numbers: The new cars will cost about $25,000 each.

  • The charging stations will cost an estimated $103,420, with as much as $30,000 paid through a grant program.

This story first appeared in the Axios Des Moines newsletter, designed to help readers get smarter, faster on the most consequential news unfolding in their own backyard.

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