The city of Chicago and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today announced one of the most ambitious electric-vehicle infrastructure projects in the country, promising 280 charging stations in the city and surrounding region by the end of 2011.
The $8.9 million Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project is notable both for its scope and its substantial proportion of DC quick-chargers, the type that can recharge a compatible electric car to 80% within 30 minutes. “When this project is completed by the end of this year, Chicago will have the most DC quick-charging stations of any city in the United States,” said Suzanne Malec-McKenna, commissioner of the city’s Department of Environment. “The only competition is the entire state of California with just a couple dozen more.”