Electric Vehicles in Illinois



The Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity (DCEO) provides incentives for electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.
EV Infrastructure Rebate Program
DCEO provides rebates toward the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations.  The program is currently closed.  DCEO plans to reopen the rebate program in early Fall 2014.  Eligible charging stations that are purchased and installed (in compliance with program guidelines) on or after August 29, 2013 will qualify for the rebate program.  The new guidelines and application packet will be available on this webpage when the program reopens.  To receive an email announcement when the program reopens, please email
As of January 1, 2014, all EV charging stations installations (with the exception of self-installed stations at residential locations) must be performed by an installer that is certified by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC).  DCEO cannot provide rebates for projects that do not comply with the ICC’s requirements.
Individuals and entities installing EV charging stations on their property must notify their electric utility both before and after the installation.

For more details on these new requirements, please refer to the following links:
The following description of the charging station rebate program was for the Fall 2013 application cycle.  Guidelines are subject to revision for Fall 2014.  This information and the past guidelines and application packet are provided for reference only.
Stations must be Level 2 (208-240V AC) or hardwired Level 1 (120V AC) models with SAE J1772 cord connectors.
Rebates cover 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; and
  • $6,000 per non-networked dual station.
The maximum possible total rebate award is $49,000 or 50% of the total project cost for up to 15 stations, whichever is less.  Program guidelines provide additional details on technical requirements.
Eligible applicants for this rebate program include units of government, businesses, educational institutions, non-profits, and individual residents.
EV charging stations must be purchased and installed prior to submitting a rebate application.  Completed applications will be processed on a rolling basis.
For questions and application submissions, please email or see contact information in the application packet.
Rebate Program Documents and Resources:

EV Industry Development Grants

DCEO provides grants toward projects that support electric vehicle and electric vehicle supply equipment production through the development or expansion of related businesses, including component manufacturers.  During the Fiscal Year 2012 grant cycle, proposed projects were eligible for grants covering 50 percent of eligible project costs up to a maximum grant award of $1,000,000.
This program is currently closed.  Program guidelines and application packets will be posted on this webpage when the program re-opens.  To receive an announcement when the application is available, please send an email to

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

  • DCEO 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.  Click here for meeting agendas and minutes.  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.

  • The Illinois General Assembly appropriated up to $10 million in capital funding for DCEO 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.

  • The ICC is also developing rules for the certification of EV charging station installers.  Information on the rulemaking – including draft rules and comments – is available on the ICC’s website.  Requirements for the ICC’s new certification process were established in Public Act 97-1128, signed by Governor Quinn on August 28, 2012.

  • The Chicago region has been selected to participate in “The EV Project,” managed by ECOtality and supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Energy.  Through The EV Project, ECOtality is providing free EV charging stations and credit toward installation costs.  To date, the project has collected over 44 million miles of data on the use of EVs in 21 metropolitan areas.  Visit  The EV Project for more information on getting a free EV charging station and accessing the project data. Please note that station installations through The EV Project are not eligible for the state rebate described above.

  • 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