Chicago Attempting To Crawl Its Way To Top Of U.S.’ Plug-In Vehicle Friendly Cities Chart

3 years ago by Mike Anthony 6

Chevrolet Volt in Chicago.

Chevrolet Volt in Chicago

The city of Chicago is attempting to crawl its way up to the top of the US’ Plug-In Vehicle Friendly Cities Chart.

An interesting bit of information here!

An interesting bit of information here!

Currently, Chicago sits in the #12 spot on that chart. There are a few reasons why that is so, but hopefully the city can overcome those obstacles.

To name a few, Samantha Bingham,  environmental policy analyst for Chicago’s Department of Transportation, stated:

“The biggest hurdle is education and understanding of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids.”

“The vast majority of consumers have the presumption that vehicles are not going to meet their lifestyle needs in terms of range and that charging a vehicles requires expensive equipment.”

On the contrary, charging stations cost less thess most expect and are becoming more available as time passes by.

Let’s face it, as a Chicago Land Area resident myself, not only the high gas prices, but the traffic as well…sucks. It’s slow moving and vehicles are just sitting there idling, wasting fuel. So, it’s clear that the better alternative would be the plug-in vehicle to at least cut the wasted fuel while idling out of the equation.

The initial cost of an EV might be a little higher, but the operating cost is very low, with very little to maintain and we can’t overlook the available incentives.

The other concern would be increasing the longevity of the battery packs. The longer, the better, right?

Co-Founder and CEO of battery production company All Cell Technologies LLC, Al-Hallaj, stated:

“This is a disincentive to purchase. More importantly, it kills the used car market. Reducing the cost of batteries helps, but increasing the life to at least the average life of a car is just as important for the electric vehicle market at large”

“That’s something we understand, but it’s going to take time and we can’t improve our efficiency and manufacturing techniques overnight.”

As EV adoption continues to grow, and no doubt in our minds it absolutely will, Chicago will figure that the demand is there for BEVs and a robust charging network is needed.

We don’t think Chicago will ever make it to the #1 spot on the list, but surely the city can move up from #12 with some effort.

Source: Medill Reports

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6 responses to "Chicago Attempting To Crawl Its Way To Top Of U.S.’ Plug-In Vehicle Friendly Cities Chart"

  1. Big Solar says:

    I have noticed a lot of people think you need some fancy expensive charger instead of just a 110 or 240 outlet.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      So true. Most of these articles that have the most expensive equipment or the most elaborate infrastructure seem to get the most press time.

      Witness all the ABB articles where they literally had a substation full of equipment at EACH BUS STOP. Of course, only someone with rocks in their head would actually try to build something like that, so who is the most successful making electric busses? BYD of course, just putting in a very large battery which allows the bus to go a full shift with no extra infrastructure at all (at least until they have to order more evses’s and a larger electric service for the bus terminal, but those are microscopic expenses compared to the bus stop substation that got all the press.

      At least the trajectory is in the right direction -> witness 3.3 kw chargers for the work place ($1800 a pop for a $450 docking station inside a metal box is a bit Rich though).

      The only place really where I need a large EVSE is when I am out of town, and can’t spend hours or days waiting for a recharge. Then, the 16 amp chargers at the state fair here made little sense since A). There were only 2 of them for around 4000 cars, and B). In my case you had to stay from open to close to get enough juice to go back home.

  2. JRMW says:

    what are the top 11 cities?

    There is no source in either this or the original article to see who the top 11 are.

  3. evnow says:

    One way Chicago can get more EV friendly is by getting less cold in winters … 😉

    1. TT_FFE says:

      Global warming should take care of that…

  4. Ellison says:

    Does anyone know what’s going on with the abandoned QCs around Chicago? Can they at least be donated to the local EAA?