The Department of Commerce provides incentives for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure and industry development.

EV Infrastructure Rebate Program

NOTE:  This program is currently closed.  When funding becomes available, announcements will appear in the Program Announcements Section of the Energy and Recycling Homepage.

Historically, this program has provided rebates toward the purchase and installation of EV charging stations.

The following types of stations have historically been eligible for this program:

  • Hardwired Level 1 (120 V AC) models with SAE J1772 cord connectors;
  • Level 2 (208-240V AC) models with SAE J1772 cord connectors; and
  • DC fast charging (DCFC) models with SAE J1772 combo and/or CHAdeMO cord connectors.

Tesla charging stations do not have a SAE J1772 cord connection and are not eligible for a rebate. Installation of a 120V or 240V outlet on its own (i.e., without an eligible charging station) is not eligible for a rebate.

Rebates have historically covered 50% of equipment and installation (materials and labor) costs up to the following caps:

  • $3,750 per networked single station (stations that have a cellular or internet connection);
  • $3,000 per non-networked single station;
  • $7,500 per networked dual station;
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station;
  • $15,000 per networked DCFC station; and
  • $12,500 per non-networked DCFC station.

Important Information about Charging Station Installations when partially funded by the Department

If your installation is completed on or after January 1, 2014, your installation must be performed by an installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) in order to qualify for the EV Infrastructure Rebate Program. Self-installations are not eligible for funding through the EV Infrastructure Rebate Program.

Individuals and entities installing EV charging stations on their property are required by the Illinois Commerce Commission to notify their electric utility both before and after their EV charging station installation, in accordance with the ICC’s “Certification for the Installation, Maintenance or Repair of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations” (83 Ill. Adm. Code. Ch 1. Subch c. Part 469).

  • If you are an Ameren Illinois customer: Call Ameren’s Construction Hotline at (888) 659-4540 or submit an online request for a free capacity assessment of Ameren’s service wires to your home.
  • If you are a ComEd customer: Register your electric vehicle online or call 866-NEW-ELEC (866-639-3532) and select Option 2 to register your electric vehicle over the phone.

For more details on these new requirements, please refer to the following links:

Links to Documents and Resources

EV Industry Development Grants

In the past, the Department of Commerce has provided grants toward projects that support electric vehicle and electric vehicle supply equipment production through the development or expansion of related businesses, including component manufacturers.

Illinois has provided early leadership in supporting the adoption and use of (EVs) throughout the state.

  • The Department of Commerce chairs the Illinois Electric Vehicle Advisory Council, which was formed when Governor Quinn signed the Electric Vehicle Act (Public Act 97-0089) in July 2011. In December 2011, the Council submitted a final report to Governor Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly with recommendations on promoting the adoption and use of EVs in Illinois. The Council continues to meet to implement the report recommendations and guide ongoing development of the state’s EV programs and policies. Click here for meeting agendas and minutes.
  • The Illinois General Assembly appropriated up to $10 million in capital funding for the Department of Commerce to award EV manufacturing and infrastructure grants and loans.
  • The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) offers rebates toward EV purchases. Visit the Illinois Alternate Fuels Rebate Program website for more information.
  • The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) launched a Plug-in Electric Vehicle Initiative (PEV Initiative) to explore regulatory issues related to EV deployment.
  • Through its partnership with the City of Chicago and the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition, Illinois has installed one of the most comprehensive public charging station networks in the United States. Charging station locations are searchable on the ChargePoint Network.
  • Collaborative efforts among local officials, business leaders, and educational institutions to create EVTown in Bloomington-Normal and to pass an EV infrastructure ordinance in Kane County serve as models for local EV initiatives throughout the nation.

These initiatives provide a strong foundation from which Illinois can pursue the full spectrum of opportunities that EVs offer:

  • Consumer advantages of electricity as a relatively low-cost “fuel” and EVs’ less frequent maintenance requirements
  • Environmental benefits from reduced emissions
  • Economic development and job creation from the growth of EV-related technologies and services
  • Decreased reliance on imported petroleum
  • Opportunities to integrate and leverage renewable energy resources and smart grid deployment