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ELECTRIC VEHICLES

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 by the Electric Vehicle Act (Public Act 97-0089) in July 2011. In December 2011, the Council submitted a final report to Illinois General Assembly and Governor’s Office with recommendations on promoting the adoption and use of EVs in Illinois.
  • 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

Important Information about Charging Station Installations

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