Illinois Route 66 To Get Fast-Charge Stations


Illinois’ Route 66 is soon to be outfitted with one heck of an upgrade: a vast network of EV charging stations.

Entire Route 66 map.

Entire Route 66 map.

For those who own an EV and would like to travel the 301-mile Route 66, you will soon be able to without any issue.

Eight cities (From Plainfield – Edwardsville) will be fitted with at least one Level III DC Fast-Charging station.

This $1,000,000 project, funded by auto manufacturers with some assistance from the University of California at Davis, starts now and is expected to be finished by the end of summer 2015. Perhaps more chargers will be added later on.

As a Chicago Land Area resident, I hope to provide further information, pictures, videos, etc. during and after this project.

If interested, check out the Illinois Route 66 website for events, planning, maps, brochures, facts, stories, etc.

As an example, Nissan LEAF w/ Nissan DC fast charger using CHAdeMO plug.

As an example, Nissan LEAF w/ Nissan DC fast charger using CHAdeMO plug.

Source: ABC7 Chicago.

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Get your Electrics on Route 66.

(Hmm, need to work on that.)

I hope they have the sensibility to install dual CCS & Chademo charging.


Since Nissan and BMW are sponsors, you can be 99% sure both CHAdeMO and CCS Combo will be offered.

I hope they have the sensibility to install chargers that are more than 20KW. Agree with “Spec9” they also need to be dual CCS and CHAdeMo.

I would hope they install a couple of L2 chargers along the way too, cheap addition and provide insurance for when the DCFC is not operational like so many of the ones at Nissan Dealers.

I’m partial to NEMA TT-30 and 14-50. Usable by RVs/trailers too, and EV adapters are available if you shop around. Cheaper than J1772, too.

OK Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California; it’s up to you to fill in the rest. 🙂

Too bad Illinois is not equally concerned with getting some real charging support at O’Hare airport. There is nothing in long term, and nothing in the cell phone lot. I mean, it’s not like O’Hare is one of the country’s biggest airports or anything…

Apparently the $4,000 EV incentive for the state of Illinois is “currently suspended” as described here: