City of Chicago and 350Green announce city-wide Network of EV charging stations, 73 DC fast and 207 Level 2
The City of Chicago has selected 350Green, a developer of electric vehicle (EV) charging networks (earlier post), to design, build and operate a network of 280 EV charging stations—73 DC Fast and 207 Level 2 charging stations—throughout the Chicago area.
The project is intended to help the City address two of the most vexing challenges facing widespread adoption of EVs: range anxiety and access to a garage for overnight charging. 350Green plans to install and operate its stations in partnership with retail hosts across high-traffic urban shopping centers and other places near where Chicago-area EV drivers live and work.
Chicago is on the cutting edge of national efforts to prepare for electric vehicles. When this project is completed, Chicago will have the most DC quick-charging stations of any city in the country, with only the entire State of California surpassing our station numbers.—City of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley
The City of Chicago and its Department of the Environment are helping facilitate the implementation of the project. Much of the early focus around EV infrastructure has been on putting charging stations in the home garages of customers, which benefits only those who have a garage, the partners noted. Since many residents in Chicago do not have access to a garage, this effectively limits the number of people who can participate.
The project is valued at $8.8 million, with public funding of up to $1.9 million. 350Green will fund the remaining $6.9 million.