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 IllinoisEV@illinois.gov.
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 IllinoisEV@Illinois.gov
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 IllinoisEV@Illinois.gov
Illinois has provided early leadership in supporting the adoption and use of (EVs) throughout the state:
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