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Illinois Boasts Nation’s Largest Fast Charge Station Network For Electric Vehicles

Electric Car Owners Can Now Juice Up At Tollway Oases

EV charging station outside a West Loop Walgreens

Above the din from hundreds of traditional gas powered vehicles roaring past the O’Hare Tollway Oasis Thursday afternoon, Governor Quinn announced Illinois will soon be the home to the nation’s largest network of fast charging stations for electric cars.

“We want Illinois to be the greenest state in America,” Governor Quinn said. “By installing the largest network of cutting edge fast-chargers, Illinois will continue to support green jobs and provide people with environmentally-friendly and affordable travel options.”

The O’Hare Oasis is just one of four oases where fast chargers have been installed. The other three locations includes the Des Plaines Oasis (along I-90), the Lake Forest Oasis and Chicago Southland Lincoln Oasis.

Eventually, electric vehicle fast charger units will be available at all seven oases in the Illinois Tollway system.

The state has partnered up with EV charging station management company 350Green, the Illinois Tollway and the 7-11 locations at each of the four oases to allow owners of electric vehicles re-charge their batteries in under 30 minutes.

I-GO Spending $2.5 Million To Go Electric

I-GO's future solar powered EV charging stations

I-GO, Chicago’s homegrown non-profit car sharing program, recently announced a new $2.5 million initiative to fully embrace the burgeoning electric car movement.

Not only does I-GO have plans to purchase 36 new all electric vehicles to add to their stable of over 225 hybrid or gas powered vehicles, but will also fund the installation of 18 solar powered electric car charging stations in and around Chicago.

Once the initiative is finished, I-GO will have the largest all electric car fleet in the Midwest and will use more solar power to charge electric vehicles than anyone else in the nation.

Problems, Problems, Problems For Chevy Volt

Chevy shows off the Volt at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show

General Motors has put a lot of money, energy and marketing muscle behind their inaugural foray into their first electric vehicle–the Chevy Volt.

But the Volt has been experiencing some embarrassing problems as of late.

Most recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun a formal safety investigation into the Chevy Volt after the car’s battery caught fire in three separate Volt’s used in side impact crash tests.

Electric Car Documentary Makes Chicago Debut Friday

First, there was the film, “Who Killed The Electric Car.”

In this award winning documentary released in 2006, director Chris Paine took film goers through the initial rise and seeming demise of an upstart electric car industry back in the late ’90′s and early part of the 2000′s.

But, with EV technology seemingly all the rage, Paine is back with his followup film, “Revenge of the Electric Car,” which will make its Chicago debut on Friday, November 11th at 6 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center.

Electric Car Company Caught In Controversy

The beautiful, but expensive Fisker Karma hybrid

Electric car technology seems all the rage these days.

Nissan Leaf, Chevy Volt, Tesla Roadster, Mistibushi MiEV and others.

One of these electric car companies, Fisker seems to be getting some bad press lately.

First,  ABC News reports that Fisker got $529 million in loan guarantees from the U.S. Department of Energy at the behest of the Obama administration to build cars in the U.S.

The good news is 500 people were hired to manufacture the luxury $97,000 Fisker Karma. The bad news is, those 500 people live in Finland.

Mall Owner Installs Electric Car Charging Stations

Even though just a handful of electric vehicles are on Chicago area roads, one suburban shopping mall owner is embracing the technology by installing electric vehicle charging stations.

Today, Simon Property Group, cut the ribbon on new EV charging stations at their Chicago Premium Outlets in west suburban Aurora.

“We believe that a well-developed EV charging infrastructure is going to be key to the success of EVs,” said George Caraghiaur, Simon Property Group’s Senior Vice-President of energy and procurement. “Meeting the needs of the first-to-market drivers of electric vehicles in the communities we serve is yet another example of our commitment to sustainability.”