David Jankowsky with electric car and charging station

The Bet Behind Electrifying the Heartland for EVs

TULSA, OK (December 28, 2021) David Jankowsky is among those trying to remove a major

obstacle to consumer demand for electric vehicles: a lack of charging stations across rural America.

Mr. Jankowsky is chief executive of Francis Energy, a Tulsa, Okla.-based startup that has

been installing fast chargers in remote areas of the Great Plains, from tribal reservations to

lonely sections of Route 66. Some are in areas with hardly any electric cars on the road and

receive little use.

But two forces have Francis Energy in expansion mode: Billions of dollars for charging

infrastructure about to flow from Washington, and the pending rollout of several

electricpickup-truck models, a body style popular in the heartland.

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